Question Sheet: What the appendix is good for

SCIENCE

Before reading:

  1. What is the appendix?
  2. Why do people sometimes have to have their appendix removed?

During reading:

  1. What does Heather Smith do now?
  2. What is a vestigial structure?
  3. Why does the appendix at first appear pointless?
  4. What link did Parker and his colleagues find between the immune system and

    the appendix?

  5. What does other vestigial structures does this article discuss?
  6. What can studying these organs tells us about human evolution?

After Reading

  1. What is evolution and...

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