Genetic throwbacks - evidence that our distant ancestors possessed tails. Throwbacks are accidental expressions of long-dormant genes - in this case, one that results in the production of a tail.
Numerous medical and scientific papers documenting human tails from around the world can be found here: http://bit.ly/bPC5ZV
Or go to: www.pubmed.com and search for ‘tail human vestigial’
Indian man’s 13-inch tail
Thousands of people are queuing up to worship a man with a 13 inch tail in India.
Chandre Oram, from Alipurduar in West Bengal, is regarded as an incarnation of Hindu monkey god Hanuman. Mr Oram also loves climbing trees and eating bananas, according to the Press Trust of India. He said: “People have a lot of faith in me. They are cured of severe ailments when they touch my tail. I believe I can do a lot of good to those who come to me with devotion.” However, doctors say his tail is a rare but known congenital defect and that he is not a god.
Although it has made Mr Oram an object of devotion, it has also brought him some problems. He added: “Almost 20 women have turned down marriage proposals. They see me and agree, but as soon as I turn around, they see my tail and leave. “I have decided to marry the woman who accepts me and my tail. Or else, I’ll remain a bachelor like Hanuman.” Doctors have offered to remove the tail surgically but MrOram has refused their help. His sister Rekha said: “He will not survive without his tail. It has become part of his being, his existence.”
Baby with tail ‘reincarnation of Hindu god’
Crowds are flocking to Indian temples to see a Muslim baby with a ‘tail’ who is believed to be the reincarnation of a Hindu god.
The 11-month-old boy has been named Balaji or Bajrangbali, another name for monkey-faced Lord Hanuman.
He is reported to have a 4in ‘tail’ caused by genetic mutations during the development of the foetus.
Iqbal Qureshi, the child’s maternal grandfather, is taking Balaji from temple to temple where people offer money to see the boy.
Mr Qureshi says the baby has nine spots on his body like Lord Hanuman and showed them to journalists, reports Indian newspaper The Tribune.
There have been other cases of babies born with tails. A report appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine in 1982 by Dr Fred Ledley.
His paper entitled ‘Evolution and the Human Tail’ concerned a baby born with a 2in growth on its back.
Originally from: www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_492558.html
"Genetic storage is a nuance of evolution too often ignored. Many paleontologists believe that when a bone disappears in evolution, the genetic blueprint for that bone is also erased…. But in fact evolution does not occur in this fashion. Hoatzin’s ancestors never lost the genetic blueprint for producing Archaeopteryx-style clawed fingers. Recent advances in genetic research reveal that most species carry such blueprints that are "switched off" and can’t express their code as fully formed tissue. In other words, when an organ has been "lost," most of the time its blueprint is still there, in genetic storage.
A wealth of evidence supports this theory of re-expression by genes that have been turned off for millions of years. Most of it occurs in throwbacks, the rare appearance of ancient organs in species that, as a whole, had lost the anatomical features millions of generations earlier.
A good example is multi-toed horses. Modern horses belong to the same general group as tapirs, and tapirs have four toes on each forefoot. The single-toed modern horse evolved from a four-toed ancestor. Every so often a healthy, normal, single-toed mare gives birth to a colt that has little extra toes sticking out beside the big main toe. Zoologists point to this multi-toed foal as a case where natural processes allow a bit of the ancestral blueprint to show through, letting ancient ancestral traits re-express themselves.
Whales offer a more spectacular case. Modern whales have no hind legs at all, and even when all the blubber and muscle are flensed from the hip region, there is no remnant of the hip bones except a small splint representing the ilium. Even the oldest-known fossil whales display only slightly enlarged hip bones and some remnants of thigh and knee. But way back in their ancestry whales did have big hind legs, at a stage when they were land-living predators. And every once in a while a modern whale is hauled in with a hind leg, complete with thigh and knee muscles, sticking out of its side. These atavistic hind limbs are nothing less than throwbacks to a totally pre-whale stage of their existence, some fifty million years old.
Such throwbacks even occur in human infants. Hospitals occasionally register an entirely modern-looking baby characterized by all the expected organs, plus an unexpected tail, a long, caudal appendage protruding beyond the buttocks for two or three inches. Some of these tails are even bigger than the average caudal remnant displayed by our close kin, the chimps, gorillas, and orangutans.
Birds with teeth may have appeared ridiculous to creationists, but in point of fact modern birds do carry the ancestral genetic code for making teeth tucked away in their inactive file. No living species of bird manufactures teeth. But recent surgical manipulations of bird embryos demonstrate clearly that the potential is still there. In 1983, experimenters transplanted tissue from the inner jaw (dental lamina) of an unhatched chick to an area of the body tissue, where the graft could grow. In the transplanted position, the chick’s dental lamina started to produce tooth buds! Birds with teeth could grow right in the twentieth century.”
- Robert T. Bakker, The Dinosaur Heresies, pp.314-316, New York: William Morrow and Company, 1986
More rare photos of humans born with vestigial tails
Of course, evolution-deniers like Creationists say: "Occasionally a human baby is born with a tail-like appendage and this is said to be evidence that our ancestors had tails. Actually, such rare congenital deformities are usually a type of fatty tumour having no relationship to the tail of a monkey"
You can judge for yourself
NOTE: I am trying to determine references and the origin and of these photos. If you happen to know - or have more photos you would like to share - please contact me.
Of course, genetic throwbacks can involve the appearance of other primitive body parts, like extra breasts, a condition called polymastia, dating back to a time when our direct ancestors had more than two mammary glands.
Look it up, it’s a medical condition.
There are so many things the biased tabloids and media just don’t tell us, hey?
Below a fictional character from the film Total Recall
We also tend to (conveniently) forget how hairy we human beings are / can be
Bonobo chimps filmed shaking their head to ‘say no’