• Question: Whats an apendix?

    Asked by luvponies1404 to Alex, Amy, Andy, Georgia, Ollie on 16 Jun 2011.
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      Alex Munro answered on 16 Jun 2011:

      Hello luvponies1404: an appendix is either a ‘blind-ended tube’ connected to the beginning of the large intestine (the caecum) or it’s an ‘addition’ to the end of document, usually containing extra information or a bibliography/set of references…

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      Andy MacLeod answered on 16 Jun 2011:

      Hello again luvponies1404!

      The appendix in our body is a little cul-de-sac like tube attached to the large intestine. It doesn’t really have any purpose any more, but there are some theories that it used to when our ancestors ate leaves*.

      We can’t naturally digest the cellulose in plant tissue like leaves, but some bacteria can. Some people think that some of these bacteria used to live in the appendix to help us get some of the goodness out of plants, so that we could absorb it through our intestines.