Comparative anatomy and phylogenetic distribution of the mammalian cecal appendix

  title={Comparative anatomy and phylogenetic distribution of the mammalian cecal appendix},
  author={H. Smith and R. Fisher and M. Everett and A. Thomas and R. RANDAL BOLLINGER and W. Parker},
  journal={Journal of Evolutionary Biology},
  • H. Smith, R. Fisher, +3 authors W. Parker
  • Published 2009
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of Evolutionary Biology
  • A recently improved understanding of gut immunity has merged with current thinking in biological and medical science, pointing to an apparent function of the mammalian cecal appendix as a safe-house for symbiotic gut microbes, preserving the flora during times of gastrointestinal infection in societies without modern medicine. [...] Key Result A comparative anatomical approach reveals three apparent morphotypes of the cecal appendix, as well as appendix-like structures in some species that lack a true cecal…Expand Abstract
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