My ex-husband didn’t have third molars, also known as wisdom teeth. Dentists told him that this happens in about 35 percent of the population and that he was “evolution in process.” I said it just meant what I always suspected: that he’s a mutant strain. Ha.
The irony is that he himself didn’t really believe in evolution until he got a college education and took them dang science classes. Oh the evils of education!
But I digress.
My son had to have his wisdom teeth removed last summer (as did I when I was about 20 years old). In his case, there wasn’t room in his mouth for them to grow in. An example of what this problem looks like is below.
The fact is, evolution is…well…a fact. This is easy to see simply by knowing a little bit about the anatomy and physiology of our own bodies.
Vox has created this short video that will convince even the staunchest evolution deniers that evolution is real. OK, it may not convince them if they are willfully ignorant, but unless they’re complete idiots, they will have to admit that something’s up.
Why do we get goosebumps?
Why is there an occasional baby born with a tail?
Why do some people have wisdom teeth and others don’t?
From the video description and Vox:
You have your mom’s smile, your dad’s eyes, and the ear muscles of a Triassic mammal.
Forty-two percent of Americans say that humans were created in their present form within the past 10,000 years — a percentage that hasn’t changed much since 1982, when Gallup started polling views on evolution.
Several lines of evidence, from the fossil record, comparative anatomy, and genetics, tell another story. But you don’t have to read all the research to find signs of our evolutionary history — you can see it in the vestigial structures in each of our bodies, like the third molars that no longer fit in our mouths.
h/t Dead State