Unlike dogs and cats, humans and our fellow hominids, chimpanzees, have lost the ability to cock their ears in response to sounds. The auricular muscles are still there, they just don’t work. Photo: AFP

Eight useless body parts – sinuses, tonsils, appendix among them – that human evolution has left behind

  • You may know about your appendix, but what about your auricular muscles or plica semilunaris?
  • These vestigial body parts all became obsolete as we evolved into hominids; so too will wisdom teeth and body hair in due course
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Unlike dogs and cats, humans and our fellow hominids, chimpanzees, have lost the ability to cock their ears in response to sounds. The auricular muscles are still there, they just don’t work. Photo: AFP
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Anthea Rowan

Anthea Rowan

Anthea Rowan has written for papers and magazines on almost every continent and on a huge variety of subjects, from travel in Africa to mental illness in the States to education in Europe. Her work has appeared in The Times in London, the Washington Post in America and regularly at the South China Morning Post.