10+ Body Parts That Will Disappear Over Time

By Anna Collins 11 months ago

1. Toes

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The thought of our toes disappearing from our feet is a little bit strange. But it is thought that in time, through evolution, the purpose of our toes will be unnecessary to humans and instead of toes our feet will end as one whole form. This is because toes in the past ensured balance, whereas now we use shoes for the same purpose.

2. Appendix

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Now you'll probably have heard that your appendix lost it's function from the past. While this is not entirely true (it helps reproduce gut bacteria), it is by no means necessary for people anymore. In fact, in many cases it is removed when it has caused illness to the purpose.

3. Wisdom teeth

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Wisdom teeth often pose more problems today, than they actually provide uses. In the past wisdom teeth were helpful with the difference in diet. But now, our diets are much softer, meaning that we do not have any necessity for our wisdom teeth anymore, making scientists think that they will cease to exist.

4. Coccyx

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The coccyx is also often referred to as the tail bone, due to it being assumed that this was the place that used to form a tail in the past. But, now we have no use or necessity for the coccyx and perhaps in time we will no longer have tail bones. In fact, some people have to have them removed if they cause problems and pain.

5. Male nipples

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Male nipples are completely unnecessary as they cannot be used to form milk to feed a child. And so, they are a completely useless addition to the male body. For this reason, due to male nipples having no use, it is assumed that eventually they will not exist any longer.

6. Body hair

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For the majority of us, body hair is something completely useless, and annoying! A lot of us remove our body hair, showing just how redundant it's purpose actually is now. Now, we have clothes to keep us warm and so in time our bodies will probably be hairless.

7. Sinuses

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Sinuses are the small internal crevices which lie around out cheek/ forehead area. When we have a virus of some kind they can fill with mucus and they then drain into our nose. But, sinuses are no longer necessary to human existence and in fact they can actually cause a lot of problems as they often become infected.

8. Pinky fingers

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In the past, we would climb using our hands and use our hands for balance. But now, the uses of our hands is limited to picking up/ carrying as well as exercises. But, the pinky finger is not often needed and we do not need as many as we did in the past due to the drastic changes in our lifestyle.

9. Earlobes

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Earlobes are completely useless in today's world. They are not used at all, apart from decorative purposes to place earrings. But they have no real use, and we definitely do not need them. And so, over time our bodies will have no earlobes, making our ears much shorter.

10. Gall bladder

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Our gallbladder is a kind of pocket placed in the upper stomach on the right side. Inside it there is a fluid which is what helps us break down fatty foods. But, some scientists suggest that because our diets have changed and include less fats, we will no longer need them and so they will eventually not be there.

11. Canine teeth

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Our canine teeth exist because of our diets in the past. We used to need sharp teeth to cut through tough surfaces and rip things such as meat. Now, we buy our meat and cook it and have no need to tear. And so, our teeth shape will change again with our canine teeth disappearing.

12. Toenails

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So before the disappearance of our entire toes, the toe nails will disappear. Our toe nails are a remnant of our ancestor's past and how they used to pick things up with both hands and feet. Now, we do not do this and so the use of toenails has vanished, as they also will one day.

13. Arrector pili muscles

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Certain muscles called the arrector pili muscles are responsible for our goosebumps when we are cold. They made our hairs stand on end to trap in the heat which was essential for our ancestors warmth int he past. Now we have no use for this as we use clothing instead.

14. Tonsils

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Tonsils exist because they are a part of our immune system, there to help stop germs. However, they are not necessary to our survival, and it will not really affect us if we do not have tonsils. In fact, many people live without tonsils and no not feel any adverse affects.

15. Cervical rib

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The cervical rib is a rib that not even everybody is born with anymore. This in itself shows how the cervical rib is already losing it's prominence and is dying out. Soon, it will have vanished from the human form altogether due to it being totally unnecessary.

16. Palmaris longus muscle

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The Palmaris longus muscle is a muscle in the forearm. Despite the fact that it has been used over time, now there is just no real necessity for it any more. Lifestyles have changed so much, and no we rely much less on a solely physical existence and much of our daily life is helped by technology.

17. Thymus gland

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The Thymus gland as we speak has important functions in our early development in helping our immune system develop. But, some experts believe that over time the need for it will stop due to us relying more and more on technology to do the jobs our body once did.

18. Sweat glands

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Sweat glands of course, exist so that we can sweat, regulating our temperature. But, because the majority of the population now regulate their temperature through heating systems and air controlled environments, sweat glands are useful but also not needed. In fact, some people have them removed for various reasons.

19. Subclavius muscle

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The subclavius muscle is another kind of muscle which we do not need in the body, a kind of extra muscle which no longer serves a huge purpose. In fact, around 10% of the population are already born without one. Which shows that this muscle is already less common now and over time will disappear.

20. The foot arch

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Most feet have some kind of natural arch, more than others. Yet, it is becoming increasingly common that this arch will lessen in time, and it is thought that it could disappear altogether in time. This again is due tot he fact that our lives are much less physically exerted and we no longer need some of the functions of our ancestors.

21. Darwin's point

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This distinctive tip on the ear is what is referred to as 'Darwin's point', due to his using it to demonstrate evidence of evolution. Some of us still have quite a prominent one, other's do not have one at all. But it is getting less and less common and will soon disappear.

22. The rectus capitis posterior minor muscle

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The rectus capitis posterior minor muscle is a small muscle at the back of the head, half of the population do not even have it. You would probably never know if you had it or not, due to the fact that it does not serve a big function. The muscle is already disappearing due to evolution and will continue to do so more and more.

23. Hypoglossal canal

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Similarly, the hypoglossal canal is a bone that is placed in the skull. Yet, now it is excessive to the structures of our skull. Our skulls have changed massively over history, and will continue to di so. On of the first changes will probably be the disappearance if the hypoglossal canal.

24. Small bones in our hands and feet

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You'll probably be familiar with the fact that our hands and feet proportionately contain the most bines in our body, due to the intricate nature of their structures. Yet, you'll probably not be aware of their uses. And that's because some of these small bones have lost their function and will disappear over time.

25. Some facial muscles

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Some experts believe that some of the muscles in our faces will completely disappear, because of the difference of how we use our facial muscles. For example  our ancestor's used different facial muscles in different ways to us. Now, we have a much different range of facial movements, rendering some muscles redundant!

26. Third eyelid

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The third eyelid is often apparent in mammals such as cats and dogs, but some humans also have it. However, scientists believe that this will also disappear through evolution - not just in humans but also in animals. The need for it is no longer strong meaning that through time it will vanish.

27. The pineal gland

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The pineal gland is a gland placed inside our brains. It helps to control out sleep cycle and wake cycle. In the past our cycles were very much determined by our bodies. Yet now, again we rely largely on technology. Also, due to the inconsistency of people's sleep patterns and changing cycles this gland may be obsolete through time.

28. Extrinsic ear muscles

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Extrinsic ear muscles are now totally unnecessary in our modern lives. Some people do not have them. Those people who can move their ears independently from their head have these muscles. Historically they were used to hear approaching predators, however, these will disappear.

29. male prostates

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Now this one is pure speculation at this point. And quite a controversial thought. But some scientists believe that in time, we will no longer rely on our bodies to reproduce. They believe that our reliance will become so heavily placed on technology that we will no longer need reproductive organs.

30. Uterus

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Similarly, another speculation of the same wave of thinking is that we will no longer use the bodily reproductive system, so that the uterus will not be necessary because it's job will be done by technology instead. This is not thought to be an immediate change, but somewhere way in the future of evolution.

31. How will humans change over time? It's likely we might live longer

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While we haven't extended the human lifespan at the moment - and some people seem to be testing that theory on a daily basis if TikTok trends are anything to go by - it's likely that we could actually live longer in the future. Think about how many newborn babies were likely to die back in the day before modern medicine, and now look at us.

32. We might also be taller

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The reason that it's likely people will get taller over time due to evolution is because of the growth or healthy eating and good nutrition habits in children. In years gone by, such variety of food and nutrition wasn't available for growing children - but now it is, and it'll only improve.

33. Apparently we'll all have 'golden retriever' personalities

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Step aside golden retriever boyfriends, because you need to share the spotlight if the future of evolution is anything to go by. Apparently it's predicted humans' personalities will develop to become less aggressive and more friendly and joyful - like a golden retriever!

34. We also might have smaller brains

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Is this because we need less space to fill up with all that aggression we won't have? This theory is a bit hit and miss, as some people believe the human brain is likely to be shrinking, while other studies have shown that the human brain has never changed in size over thousands of years!

35. It definitely looks to be the end of 'natural selection'

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If you weren't fully familiar with what natural selection means, back in the time of our ancestors, natural selection was very much 'survival of the fittest' in that people were faced with predators, with hunger and with other threats that we simply don't have on the same scale anymore. We don't have to worry about fighting a sabre tooth tiger with a club for our food.

36. We might have smaller jaws

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If there's one thing we can say about evolution, it's how the teeth as well as our eating patterns have changed. During the time of our ancestors when meat was the only option, our teeth needed to reflect that. In the future, it looks like jaws might be smaller with the possibility of softer food choices that don't need as much chewing!

37. Our brains aren't likely to get any bigger

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While there's still that raging debate over whether our brains will actually be smaller in future, one thing that's more certain is that they shouldn't get any bigger. This is in reference to the size of a baby's skull and the amount of room needed in a person's birth canal. With a bigger brain comes a bigger skull which simply won't be able to be pushed out! Ouch.

38. If body sizes got bigger, the shape of the body would need to adapt

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There has definitely been a rising trend over the years to this 'bigger', more muscular body shape, so much so that some people believe the natural evolution of human bodies might be for them to end up bigger. But the shape of the body and the skeletal structure would need to change to accommodate for that naturally.

39. Thumb size could change

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"You kids and your video games". We've all heard that used negatively by some person or another, haven't we? Well it turns out studies have been done into teenagers who actually ended up having underdeveloped thumbs because of playing so many video games.. so smaller thumbs could be the future!

40. We're becoming more alike

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There was a time when 'breeding' was done based on cultural groups, or breeding with two people with certain characteristics to hopefully get a 'strong' child. These days, everybody is mixing with each other, everyone is breeding with anyone (that sounds bad, but you know what we mean!) so humans are becoming more and more alike.

41. A hunched back is likely

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The unfortunate fact about technology these days is that, although it's revolutionising and amazing, it's sure done a number on our posture! If we're going to continue to be hunched over technology and desks for more and more desk jobs, then it's likely the hunched look might become an evolution thing!

42. You might have a 'claw' hand

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There's also so much more done these days with your hand in a claw shape - we don't mean you'll develop claws like a bird with evolution, we just mean hand shapes might change this way. Think how long you spend with your phone in your claw-shaped hand position!

43. You'll have a 'tech neck'

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Most of us already have this even now, so this doesn't bode well for the future. Humanity continues to tilt their neck done for very long periods of time to look at their phone instead of up around them, so over time this might become a permanent body change.

44. Elbows leaning to 90 degrees

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In the same vein, sitting at desks for jobs and pastimes are more and more common these days, which means your arms and elbows are pretty much permanently at the 90 degree position. Even when you're driving to and from your desk job, how are your elbows positioned? Yep.

45. A second eyelid to tackle screen time?

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This ones a bit freaky, but hey, needs must when it comes to the human body! Because we spend so much time on those screens we just mentioned, it's possible our bodies might adapt to better tackle those harmful blue light rays and the bright techy lights by producing a different set of eyelids!

46. Will obesity be on the rise?

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With all this sitting down on the couch on our phones or spending all day every day at a desk job, it's also likely that obesity will be on the rise even more than it is now in the future. Humans might just become more fat as a species if technology continues to provide everything we'd usually do by, you know... getting up.

47. The whole outer ear might be obsolete

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When you actually think about it, what does the outer ear do? You might automatically just think of it as 'the ear', but hearing takes place inside and the outside is really just a type of amplifier that we don't necessarily need. So this could be a body part no longer really needed. Except if you need to wear glasses, of course. Speaking of...

48. Could bad eyesight be more of a thing?

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With so many of us squinting at screen after screen these days, and most of us being guilty of not giving our eyes a rest, could it be that eyesight is more naturally bad on humans than it is at the moment? Even with that second set of eyelids, it could still be the case.

49. The 'plica semilunaris' situation

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We know what you're thinking: what the heck is that? The plica semilunaris is a sort of eyelid membrane that helps to keep the eye moist, and to help clean it. It's usually found on reptiles and birds in a more obvious way, but humans have it, too. But maybe not in the future!

50. The pyramidalis muscle

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This muscle, found in the lower abdomen, is shaped like - you guessed it - a pyramid! This triangle muscle is actually not present in some people, and the people who do have it don't really need it for, well, anything. So this could be another useless body part that's gradually faded out in the future.

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