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Seven Body Parts That Will Disappear From the Human Body

Updated: Oct 6, 2020

All across the planet, we can notice incredible instances of adaptation. From flying fish to swimming birds, Mother Nature never really runs out of creativity. Humans are the single greatest beneficiaries of the evolution bargain. From being the prey to conquering the planet, humanity has had the greatest ascent up the food chain. However, with just five million years on the planet, we have barely started to get cozy in our chairs. Research shows that modern humans retain a lot of vestigial organs and evolution is going easy on the pink-slips. Here are the seven organs that scientists think will disappear from the human body —

Body Hair

Do you recall hating that co-passenger who conveniently forgot to wash his smelly armpits before the morning metro? Well, for our future generations the torturous ride is about to end very quickly. Researchers have found that body hair has outlived its utility and is about to be written off by evolution. In the early days, body hair used to provide warmth. But with our extensive range of clothing, they have no practical purpose left on our bodies. Except for some places such as the eyebrows and that attractive, mate-seeking beard, others will just fade away into oblivion.


If you are one of the last remaining human ear-flappers, I have bad news for you. You will not be able to flap your way through the most awkward social gatherings for long. In the days of the yore, ear muscles were crucial in moving our ears and hearing predators in the wild more clearly. Bunnies still retain these requirements and hence these muscles continue to thrive in them. Over time, humans are bound to lose their ear-flapping abilities because we have outgrown their functionality.

Male Nipples

Male nipples form in early prenatal development. They arise due to the presence of the XY chromosomes, where the X-gene kicks in before the Y component. They serve no particular purpose in the male anatomy. In fact, they contribute to the added risk of breast cancer in men. Patterns indicate that they have begun to reduce in size, and biologists believe that they would vanish completely in due course.

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