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Some humans are born with tails, didyakno?

I think this deserves it's own thread:

(FOR THE ADMINS: This is not pornography. This is from a medical journal, so I'm assuming it's ok to post this pic.)

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The Birth of a child with a caudal appendage resembling a tail is a very rare abnormality and generates an unusual amount of interest, excitement and anxiety

(1). True human tail is a rare event with fewer than 40 cases reported in the literature
(2). It is defined as a caudal, vestigial, midline protrusion with skin covering a combination of muscle and adipose tissue

http://mymedicalreviews.blogspot.com/2007/10/true-human-tail.html
 

Bokracroc

Bokra, come out to pla-ay
We technically have a tail already. Some run-off part of your spine.
 

Le_Démon_Sans_Visage

evolution's cruelest joke
Jan Bonderson has a whole chapter devoted to tailed humans in one of his books, 'A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities" - http://www.amazon.com/Cabinet-Medical-Curiosities-Jan-Bondeson/dp/0393318923/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1196100540&sr=1-1
 

Zing

Fun squishy bunny blob
Aahh yes... The vestigial tail.. I've seen information about this floating around various sources..

As I understand it, in rare cases old genes from evolutionary dead ends from time to time become active in newborn modern humans. (Among other species) Resulting in full or partial formation of appendages or organs that long ago become useless.. There are vestigial organs and structures present even in normal genetic specimens, human wisdom teeth for example as well as various glandular tissue.

Another few hundred thousand or a couple million years of natural evolution, barring genetic manipulation. And humans will likely have other vestigial structures that were once useful.
Given how things are now, the human sense of smell may either become more useful, or considerably less useful over time, the nose possibly disappearing entirely or becoming a simple set of air intakes with no other function... Another would be the small toe and pinky finger.. compared to their neighbors they are often useless and are the most likely appendage to disappear if any of them do. And as much as I hate to say it, female breasts may end up either disappearing or relocating into an entirely different structure. :?

.... Bleh... Never get me talking about biology.. I end up not shutting up... :roll:
 

lobosabio

Dance the Mussolini
No, no, no; all humans have tails. Every single one of us has a tail. It's just that the tail shows up at the embryonic stage of development and vanishes thereafter.
 

ADF

Member
I hate to burst some peoples bubbles but it is just a overgrowth of skin, nothing to do with dead ends or potential proof of our evolutionary past.

I know because there was this big thing a while back were creationism smart asses thought they were proving science wrong by pointing it out; thing is scientists already knew it was just a lump of skin and nothing like a tail, others made the assumption and the creationists jumped at any chance to make it sound like they got one over scientists.
 

Zing

Fun squishy bunny blob
ADF said:
I hate to burst some peoples bubbles but it is just a overgrowth of skin

Which does not explain the presence of muscular structures within various specimens I've read about. (And which was also noticed above)
 

Kaji Ryuuko

Member
Zing said:
...Another would be the small toe and pinky finger.. compared to their neighbors they are often useless and are the most likely appendage to disappear if any of them do....

Have you tried to pick up something without using your pinky? It's hard if you don't have a good enough grip. I'm sure that the pinky isn't going to be leaving, and...I can see how the pinky toe is going to go away... it just sits there...
 

Zing

Fun squishy bunny blob
Kaji_Ryuujin said:
Have you tried to pick up something without using your pinky? It's hard if you don't have a good enough grip. I'm sure that the pinky isn't going to be leaving...

Wasn't saying it was a guarantee that it would be evolved out... But it's the most likely candidate. Less appendages on a limb means less clutter and less things that can go wrong. And a more compact hand would mean easier manipulation of small objects in tight spaces. Given humanity's predilection toward tools and technology, which is continually getting more compact itself, it'd make sense for human physiology to streamline itself and become more efficient to match. Either the Pinky or the one next to it 'may' vanish at some point, and it's neighbor would adapt to take over it's remaining functionality in some way.

Of course this is all assuming that Humans themselves don't directly intervene on their own evolutionary path through artificial means...
There may be more than one strain of hominid roaming the Earth within the next 50 to 150 years... Who knows, there may be 'real' Anthros at some point. :roll: 80 years or so from now, hardcore furries may end up opting for genetic splicing and reconfiguration as opposed to fursuits. (Never know)
 

spree

Member
I doubt the pinky will vanish anytime soon its linked to the ring finger. Its impossible to move the pinky by itself. Almost all mammals have or at one time had 5 fingers and 5 toes on each limb. The human foot however is a good candidate considering the average human does not wiggle there toes too often and usually walks on their heel to ball. The foot however trained can be just as useful as the hand.
 

Kaji Ryuuko

Member
Zing said:
....80 years or so from now, hardcore furries may end up opting for genetic splicing and reconfiguration as opposed to fursuits. (Never know)

Shhh! Don't give them ideas! D: (Granted, I'd really would like to have a tail. It'd keep my feet warm on those cold winter nights. But that's just me. )
 

Zing

Fun squishy bunny blob
spree said:
I doubt the pinky will vanish anytime soon its linked to the ring finger. Its impossible to move the pinky by itself.

I don't find that really, quite the opposite. I can move my pinky by itself, however my ring finger can't move without also moving the pinky and middle finger. I've seen other people do this as well.

As for Kaji. There's a lot of anthro type traits I wouldn't mind having... Claws, tails, long pointy, independently moving ears instead of these stupid looking hominid monkey ears. :roll: But then others I don't find appealing, such as being covered in fur...
 

spree

Member
Zing said:
spree said:
I doubt the pinky will vanish anytime soon its linked to the ring finger. Its impossible to move the pinky by itself.

I don't find that really, quite the opposite. I can move my pinky by itself, however my ring finger can't move without also moving the pinky and middle finger. I've seen other people do this as well.

I'm the exact opposite I can move my ring finger independently but not vice versa.
 

K-PUZ

New Member
i would rather be fully feral myself =3
as long as there's still humans around to pet me ^_^

actually a pikachu has five fingers (4 + thumb) so dat would be ideal for me =D
feral + opposable thumb = awsomness! >w<
 
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