Appendix in Herbivores

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Appendix in Herbivores

Post by Navin » Fri Sep 30, 2005 9:01 am

What really is the purpose of the appendix?

Am i close if i say it is to digest cellulose?
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Post by Poison » Fri Sep 30, 2005 8:53 pm

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Post by MrMistery » Sat Oct 01, 2005 6:49 pm

You are "right on target" > the ceccum and the appendix have this function....
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Post by Navin » Sun Oct 02, 2005 2:24 am

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Post by clarence » Mon Oct 03, 2005 5:01 pm

The human appendix?

The human appendix, at the junction of the small and large intestines, is a much reduced cecum. Its small size reflects its negligible role on cellulose fermentation. It no longer harbors large-scale microbial fermentation like in herbivores.

It is wrong to assume that since the vermiform appendix performs no role in digestion it does not have a function. The walls of the appendix are rich in lymphoid tissue. In other words, the vermiform appendix of humans is a part of the immune system.

(from Vertebrates: Comparative Anatomy, Function, Evolution by Kardong)

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Post by MrMistery » Mon Oct 03, 2005 6:01 pm

The question was about the appendix in herbivores, not in humans.
Good point about it being part of the immune system though..
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