As we have seen on other pages, evolutionists can’t find any example of evolution in the past or present, and they can’t prove that evolution could ever happen. So to somehow prove evolution, they have come up with several foolish theories and ideas. One of these are vestigial organs, which we’ll take a look at on this page.
According to this hypothesis, as we evolved from other animals, some of our organs were not needed any more. These organs supposedly remained in the human body and are still there today in the form of vestigial (useless) organs. The existence of such useless organs is reputedly evidence that we descended from some lower life-forms.
This idea was invented in the early 19th century, when our medical knowledge was far less than today. It was based on ignorance: if the function of a body-part was not known, that part was simply labeled “useless,” instead of researching it further. This was wrong thinking and hindered scientific development, since just because we don’t understand the function of something doesn’t mean it is useless.
The real question is, do we really have vestigial organs? In the last century, many organs were called useless. Robert Wiedersheim, a German follower of Darwin, listed 86 vestigial organs in his book written in 1895. The list contained among other things: valves in the veins, the pineal gland, the thymus, some bones in our toes and even our lachrymal (tear) glands. Some textbooks from 1960 list over 200 useless organs in the human body. According to a Hungarian medical encyclopedia published in 1967 in Budapest, there are 180 vestigial organs in our body.
As science advanced, more and more was learnt about our bodies and organs, and we are now at the point where we cannot call any organ vestigial. All organs formerly classified as vestigial have at least one useful function we now know of! Unfortunately many textbooks still list vestigial organs as a proof of evolution.
Here are a few of our “useless” organs, whose function is now known:
This is the classic vestigial organ of evolutionists. It sometimes becomes swollen, and it was noticed that people can survive if it is removed, and was therefore labeled as useless. We now know that it plays a role in antibody production and protects our intestines from infection. The appendix lessens the chances of a person getting leukemia, Hodgkin’s disease, cancer of the colon and cancer of the ovaries.
These organs in the throat protect us from infections.
These are vertebrae found at the bottom of the spine. It was once thought to be useless, a remnant of a tail from our evolutionary past. It has since been discovered that some important muscles attach to it, namely the levator ani and coccygeus. Without it, our pelvic organs would just fall down, we wouldn’t be able to walk, sit upright or have bowel movement.
This “worthless” organ has been discovered to play an important role in the development of the immune system. In this gland lymphocyte and antibody production takes place. Without it, our immune system would not develop properly.
Produces vital hormones, such as melatonin. It also affects the functions of other endocrine organs.
Produces the hormone thyroxin that controls metabolism and growth. It’s deficiency at birth causes cretinism.
It is the master endocrine gland which controls and stimulates almost all the other endocrine glands in the body. It ensures proper growth of the skeletal system and control the water balance of the body. It’s malfunctioning causes gigantism, Cushing’s syndrome, dwarfism, diabetes insipidus, acromegaly, etc.
There are a large number of other body parts which at one time or another were called useless, but whose function is now known. We can therefore conclude that all our organs have a special purpose they were designed for by an intelligent Creator.
Taking this discussion a bit further, we can find more problems with the theory of vestigial organs. Let us suppose we really had some useless organs, would this prove evolution? Evolution is supposed to be upward change in complexity from simple to complex. Evolutionists cannot point to any new or developing (nascent) organs to replace our “vestigial” ones. So this idea would only prove the opposite of evolution: devolution! We would be evolving downward by losing functions of organs; and with fewer useful organs, our bodies would be losing complexity and become simpler.
As we have seen, scientists know of not one vestigial organ in our bodies. And even if there were one, it would only show that we are degenerating, certainly not evolving