WOHOO! What fun! Mr. :), Thanks for visiting Wonderopolis and sharing what you've learned, Rhajon and Portia! :), Hello, KF Dragons! Hi Wonderopolis! It's great that you've been WONDERing about what life would be like if you walked around with a tail! They follow cats and dogs, horses and cows, and all sorts of other creatures, big and small. Plus what animal do you know that would make there life harder by trying to do something that nature didnt intend them on doing, Like walk upright. Hi wonderopolis I talked about different kinds of tails with my family and my school. Several characters in Dragon Ball have tails (しっぽ, Shippo) that, depending on the character, can be used in several different ways, notably to perform Tail Attacks. We've had a SUPER week WONDERing with you! See You For Tomorrow's Epic (Or Annoying) Wonder!!! That thought made me love wolves even more!, Humans have tails your tailbone curves like a tail just skin grows over it your tailbone, if i had a tail id have a unicorn tail cause im awsome!!! In other words, these animals are naturally upright, unlike old and new world monkeys that use all fours. We're glad you are here WONDERing with us! How do you would lose balance with a tail you might get more? really pointy. Hi wonderopolis! If I had a tail, I would use it to carry stuff or kill bugs. What kind of tail would you want to wag and why? Have you ever been rejected before?? Why don’t humans have tails? You wouldn't do that to your poor cat, would you? We have more than 100 vestigial anomalies, the most renowned of which are the appendix, wisdom teeth, coccyx, external ear, and male nipples. We can't know for certain why humans don't have tails. Don't show me this message again Scientists have discovered why humans have an appendix – the small, thin tube attached to the large intestine whose purpose has long been a mystery. Monkeys use their tails to swing from branch to branch, but their arms and legs are tiny compared to ours! Dear Wonderopolis, Answer by Diane Eager. With a few adjustments, this enabled early humans to walk and jog over grassland and take up an entirely new way of life. Have you ever WONDERed about a different kind of pig tail? I thought they were just feathers! So again, far from being a useless evolutionary leftover, the “tail bone” is quite important in human development. We are thrilled you're here today! You are full of energy- nice work, Wonder Friend! The lesser apes like gibbons don’t have tails either and they give us a clue as to how not having a tail can be an advantage. EEK! Thanks for sharing your thoughts about this Wonder topic! Since we humans handle these things with our hands and feet, we just don't need tails! It’s most pronounced at around day 31 to 35 of gestation and then it regresses into the four or five fused vertebrae becoming our coccyx. I never knew tails could be so useful! In the video that turtle was really small and its tail looks 2014–2020 © National Center for Families Learning, http://www.wonderopolis.org/wonder/why-dont-humans-have-tails, © National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), I would like a wolf tail because most wolves are independent but also think of others, just like humans. Yet, as you get closer to humans on the evolutionary tree, tails disappear. The “tail bone” is the small triangular bone at the lower end of your back bone or vertebral column. Let us know! By Dr Andi Horvath, University of Melbourne. Some breeds of cats that have tails that are very short. Both are suited to their survival in their particular environments. (https://www.wonderopolis.org/wonder/why-are-they-called-pigtails/) :), WONDERful, Xiper! Thanks for visiting us today, Shilpa! As our host Cristen Conger explains in the video above, there are a few good reasons why humans don't walk around twitching their tails to and fro. We Wonder what you would do all day as a cat... perhaps you can find a favorite spot to curl up or stretch out in your home? Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivatives 3.0 Australia (CC BY-ND 3.0 AU), Privacy Statement for the University of Melbourne Website. Darcy said: My favorite animal that had tails were the pigs. The University may collect, store and handle personal information about you including but not limited to your name and email address for the sole purpose of allowing you to subscribe to Pursuit’s weekly digest of cutting-edge research findings and expert commentary. Wonder #1111: What Tales Can a Dog’s Tail Tell? Organs and body parts like this are called vestigial, and we actually have a number of them! Have you ever tried to run along the thin branches high up in a tree? I think it would be awesome if humans had wings too. Over time as we evolved, the need for this tail structure disappeared, and so we slowly evolved away from having one! We do have tails, all mammals have tails. Tessa said: Maybe some animals use their tails to help them eat. If you look at wild cats, ones that run very fast have longer tails.”, “Similarly the tree-dwelling monkeys of Africa and Asia, such as macaques, have long tails, which they use for balance, as they move around on all fours.”. It can be any kind of tail you want. Wonder What’s Next??? It would have to be long in order to chase it, wouldn't it? “Personal information” is defined under the Act to mean information or an opinion (including information or an opinion forming part of a database), that is recorded in any form and whether true or not, about an individual whose identity is apparent, or can reasonably be ascertained, from the information or opinion, but does not include information of a kind to which the Health Records Act 2001(Vic) applies. In addition, the shoulder scapula bone is situated at the back as opposed to the sides as it is in monkeys, hence gibbons are able to raise their arms and swing from them,” Dr Young says.“But compare this to new world monkeys of South America, like spider monkeys, who also use all fours, but have prehensile tails, which means they can use their tails like an extra hand.”New world monkeys are a separate group far removed from old world monkeys, and not a part of the monkey ape lineage.So the difference between monkeys and apes, tail and no tail, is a matter of adaptation to a particular environment. Early anatomists thought it was shaped “like a cuckoo’s beak” they gave it the name coccyx (from the Latin for Cuckoo). Please refer to our Privacy Policy and Privacy Statement for the University of Melbourne Website for information in relation to the broader practices in relation to the collection, use handling and disclosure of personal information by the University. Can you think of other ways a tail might help an animal balance? We hope WONDERing cheered you up! The simplest answer is because we don't need it anymore. As the embryo develops into a … We've all been there and done that. Eventually, by noting how the vestigial organs in one species were similar to functioning organs in other species, biologists concluded two otherwise dissimilar creatures must have shared a common ancestor. Many land animals use their tails to brush away flies and other biting insects. Wonder #539: Why Do Dogs Chase Their Tails? These dogs are known for their large, muscular bodies, their black-and-tan coloration, and their short tails. How cool! How Dangerous Is Mount Everest’s Death Zone? Humans' appendix, tail bone, and other organs no longer serve a purpose. Let's take a look at some animals with tails and why they're important to those animals. Yes, there is a good tale behind the disappearance of tails from monkeys to humans. Self-reported emotion questionnaires can be inaccurate if people lie or aren't even aware of subtle emotions. ========================================================== There in zoo's and they see humans all the time, But yet not one ape or monkey can talk yet or are walking about on 2 legs. A very well-thought-out post, Ellie Jelly! There are many animal today that can easily stand on there 2 back legs and even walk, But these animal's do it mainly to reach thing's or give themself's a better view point for what there trying to see. They have tails to balance themselves when they jump. When you look around, tails are everywhere. :). A tailless upright posture is also well suited to climbing tree trunks.”In other words, these animals are naturally upright, unlike old and new world monkeys that use all fours. We believe in the free flow of information. If you had a tail, what kind of tail would it be? After all this talk of tails and you not having one…well…that could make anyone a bit envious. Eric Wonders, “Why do animals have tails?” Thanks for WONDERing with us, Eric! The University of Melbourne (University) collects, uses, handles and discloses personal information in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) (Act) and other applicable legislation. We can't help but giggle! We lost them because we had no use for them anymore. Mr. If I had one I would act like a cat and stay home on Sunday or something. We're glad you've been thinking about life with a tail, Wonder Friend! Without it, he wouldn't be able to swim as quickly as he does. In fact, a tail might throw us off balance. the posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body, (plural) the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists, a living organism characterized by voluntary movement, a conceptual subdivision of something, especially a family, group of languages, or a subject, direct the course; determine the direction of travelling, lose one's balance and stagger or lurch violently, a small, triangular bone at the base of the spinal column in humans and some apes, formed of fused vestigial vertebrae; coccyx, (with reference to an animal's tail) move or cause to move rapidly to and fro. Plus, tails are useful for jumping and climbing through trees, which humans … We were laughing. I think if we had tails the pants would have to have a hole in the pants. and Wonder #1111: What Tales Can a Dog’s Tail Tell?. Of course I also wish we had wings too lol. “Gibbons are able to use their long arms to swing from branch to branch in the treetops of south-east Asian forests. Dr David Young is a zoologist who wrote a seminal textbook The Discovery of Evolution and is Director of the Tiegs Museum, at the University of Melbourne. What a fantastic way to start your Friday-- by using your imaginations! We love your connections, too. Thanks for sharing! What was your favorite animal featured in today's Wonder video? But not one of these animal's take it into there head's that it a good idea to stay this way and just walk around on there back legs for the rest of there life's. We are undergoing some spring clearing site maintenance and need to temporarily disable the commenting feature. Aren't tails great? Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have a tail. You have answered 0 of 3 questions correctly and your score is: Subscribe to Wonderopolis and receive Or how about a powerful wagger like you might find on a Golden Retriever? Why don't humans have tails, too? That's awesome!! Cats will often stick their tail in the air and slightly backward. :), Hi, Jimster20015! Duke said: I liked the whale because they can move fast. A tail is really a fashion statement and a badge of honor but it's what you are inside that really counts. We do have tails, all mammals have tails. The University has a television and radio studio to facilitate live and prerecorded broadcast quality interviews with media. Tell everybody about Wonderopolis and its wonders. What's the best part of being a cat? But humans and other apes don’t, even though our close primate relatives do. In rare cases, the regression is incomplete and usually surgically removed at birth. Perhaps that is why so many animals enjoy resting on their backs or their stomachs! Dr David YoungHumans love the idea of a tail – just ask my five-year-old niece who dresses up with her dinosaur tail, wags it like a dog and uses it as a weapon.Tails are almost standard issue in the animal kingdom. Hi, Paul! We've touched on just a few examples. First published on 5 February 2016 in Go Figure, Honorary, School of BioSciences, Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne; Director, Tiegs Museum, University of Melbourne. It sounds like you know all about cats and their tails, do you and your family have a cat or a family of cats? Humans are apes, and apes for reasons of evolution that are not currently known have lost their tails, unlike their closest relatives, the monkeys, who still retain their tails. What you should watch out for, though, is a swinging tail that can send you reeling! That’s because while most mammals use their tails for balance, we don’t walk on four legs. p.s. :), Thanks for sharing your opinion, Anping! Sometimes humans are born with very short tails, but they are cut off by the doctors when it happens. We loved the pig and the monkey-- they have curly tails-- and we think our furry puppy friends have the happiest tails around! Of course, if we did, fashion would probably look a lot different than it does today. We just don't. :) A tail that you don’t use is just another limb that needs energy to grow and maintain and another thing for predators to grab hold of. You made some awesome observations from today's Wonder video! We think it would be tough to sit in our chairs or ride to and from school with a pointy tail in the way! Gorillas don't have them. Thank you for telling us about your favorite animal tail-- keep an eye out for all sorts of animal tails this weekend, Wonder Friends! Humans do have a tail, but it’s for only a brief period during our embryonic development. HOORAY for you! ==========================================================. However, humans do have tails during their development inside the womb. But perhaps the most interesting vestigial body part is the tail. They are a vestige left over from our ancestors. Keep up the WONDERing! We bet that tail would come in handy if you needed an extra arm for carrying lots of things, like books at school or even sports equipment! Great wonder! Interesting, gorillas only have 3 tail bones. True fact. The coccyx is your tailbone, it's what's left of the human tail and it's just too small to poke out behind us. If you ever find yourself in a facedown with a kangaroo or a crocodile, you might be worried about flying feet and snapping jaws. Only because there cool and super soft. The coccyx is your tailbone, it's what's left of the human tail and it's just too small to poke out behind us. The University would seek your prior written consent before using your personal information for any purpose other than that which is described above and before disclosing your personal information to any third party. So be glad you haven’t got a long tail when riding a bicycle or running for an elevator. :), Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Ryan! SCIENCE — Life Science. Sure, it would get attention from others, but maybe all the mumble about it would be jealousy? Simply put, we don’t need them; humans walk upright, which prevents the head from imposing an imbalance as it would in a quadruped. We were wondering if you can explain it better than what the summary says? If I Could Be An Animal With A Tail It Would Me A Blue Spider Monkey We are sorry to hear your sad! Can you imagine running or walking with a tail following you around? Share selection to: Humans love the idea of a tail – just ask my five-year-old niece who dresses up with her dinosaur tail… Why don’t people have tails? A long one, a striped one, and bushy one? Tails are primarily for balancing a quadrupedal animal (seeing as their head is heavy, they would be off balance without a tail). Jump online and have fun reading, So are you feeling a little bit jealous right now? In terms of tails, however, most of us are aware of … They're huge! By subscribing, you agree to our privacy statement. Here are five of the most notable vestigial organs in humans: (A Monkey With For Arms 4 Eyes And Can Shoot Webs) What if you were granted one wish: you can have a tail. All republished articles must be attributed in the following way and contain links to both the site and original article: “This article was first published on Pursuit. We talked about what our animals do with their tails-like chase them! How does a tail help the animals balance?????? ========================================================== Keep the learning going by exploring one or more of the following activities with a friend or family member: Autumn and Hailey for contributing questions about today’s Wonder topic! The shape of the spine, the bend at the knee, the placement of the head over the midline between our feet. Let us know what you think!! Smooth, clear skin may have become a signal of health, like a peacock's tail, and could explain why women are naturally less hairy than men and why … :-), Aw, Gunhoundog. :), Thanks for telling us about your great uses for a tail, Shilpa! We are so glad you are WONDERing with us about this! Tails are very useful for certain animals like monkeys, cats and cows! :), Way to go, Ethan, you've really been using your imagination with us today! I love tails. Both are suited to their survival in their particular environments.“The upright stance in apes is enabled anatomically by a shorter lumbar region and the loss of the tail. the Wonder of the Day® via email or SMS. Humans walk really well on just two legs, so we don't need tails to help us keep our balance. :). Matthias said: I wonder why turtles have tails? Sometimes it really hurts, especially when you land square on your tailbone. Perhaps a tail would work for humans if our arms and legs weren't so heavy! We're glad you had fun WONDERing! They may not be sporting much of a tail but they can be a great stabilizing force in hard times! We still wonder why only animals have tails. Tails come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Muscle responses don't like. As it happens, the upright stance with no tail, which is good for moving in trees, is also good for leaving trees and walking on the ground. Help spread the wonder of families learning together. I personally think that the tailbone, or the coccyx, is incontrovertible evidence for substantiating the fact of evolution. Will said: The tails on the animals are cute! You get to decide what it looks like and how long it is. With a few adjustments, this enabled early humans to walk and jog over grassland and take up an entirely new way of life.So be glad you haven’t got a long tail when riding a bicycle or running for an elevator.Banner image: Flickr. Humans love the idea of a tail – just ask my five-year-old niece who dresses up with her dinosaur tail, wags it like a dog and uses it as a weapon. I like you. Animals have tails to help them get from place to place, but also to keep their balance! So we don’t need them. New world monkeys are a separate group far removed from old world monkeys, and not a part of the monkey ape lineage. Comments from Ava F said: I liked the whale because they can move fast with! Nice work, Wonder Friend have shared with us walk on four legs does. 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