The Appendix Serves As a Reservoir of Beneficial Bacteria
Posted on July 8, 2012 Comments (0)
This is an interesting explanation for the purpose of the appendix.
This function has been made obsolete by modern, industrialised society; populations are now so dense that people pick up essential bacteria from each other, allowing gut organisms to regrow without help from the appendix, the researchers said.
But in earlier centuries, when vast tracts of land were more sparsely populated and whole regions could be wiped out by an epidemic of cholera, the appendix provided survivors with a vital individual stockpile of suitable bacteria.