by Stephen Caesar

One of the alleged pillars of evolutionary evidence is the presence of so-called vestigial organs — body parts that are now useless, but which scientists theorize must have been fully functional in the distant past, when we were animals and needed them. Two such organs, the appendix and the thymus, are frequently used by evolutionists as proof that humans possess useless organs that were once used by our evolutionary ancestors.

As with other “proofs” of evolution, this one rests on pure assumption. The verifiable scientific facts refute evolutionary speculation regarding both organs in question. The first of these, the appendix, is now known to be a helpful organ, not a useless holdover. Studies of the rabbit appendix show that it contains large amounts of lymphoid tissue. Julie Pomerantz, wildlife veterinarian and program officer for the Wildlife Trust’s North American Conservation Medicine Initiative, explains the importance of this:

“Similar aggregates of lymphoid tissue occur in other areas of the gastrointestinal tract and are known as gut-associated lymphoid tissues….[T]hese tissues are involved in the body’s ability to recognize foreign antigens (molecules to which the immune system can respond) in ingested material” (Pomerantz 2001: 96).

She concludes with a statement that exposes the emptiness of evolutionary speculation on this issue:

“Thus, although scientists have long discounted the human appendix as a vestigial organ, a growing quantity of evidence indicates that the appendix does in fact have a significant function as a part of the body’s immune system. The appendix may be particularly important early in life because it achieves its highest state of development shortly after birth and then regresses with age, eventually coming to resemble such other regions of gut-associated lymphoid tissue as the Peyer’s patches in the small intestine” (Pomerantz 2001: 96)….

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