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Doctors May Have Found New Organ Hidden in Head

These could be first major salivary glands found in 300 years

(Newser) - For the past three centuries, doctors have been under the impression that humans have three major types of salivary glands, found near the ears, below the jaw, and under the tongue. "Now, we think there is a fourth," Dr. Matthijs Valstar of the Netherlands Cancer Institute tells the... More »

Scientists Discover New Organ Inside the Human Body

It's our 79th

(Newser) - Unprepared kids who want to get out of taking a test in 2017 can just tell the teacher their mesentery hurts. Irish researchers have classified a new organ in the human body while proving "the anatomic description that had been laid down over 100 years of anatomy was incorrect,... More »

Behind Missing Woman's Closet, a Gruesome Scene

Human remains found hidden behind a closet wall in California

(Newser) - For years, renters complained about a yucky odor in the former apartment of a woman who disappeared in 2009. Now, authorities have found the source of the smell and the focus of what is likely to be a murder investigation: a body hidden in a wall of the apartment in... More »

Everything You Need to Know About the Third Nipple

A BBC report breaks down the latest on 'supernumerary nipples'

(Newser) - Ah, the mysterious third nipple. Why do some people have one, and how do they form? At the BBC , Jason Goldman reports that while some have considered the "supernumerary nipple" a fault of the evolutionary process, similar to wisdom teeth or the tailbone, recent research shows that extra-nipple formation... More »

5 Ways the Human Body's Design Stinks

Who decided to make men's, um, jewels so vulnerable?

(Newser) - Chip Rowe doesn't think the human body was designed terribly well. He laments the "MacGyver"-style way our corporeal vessels came together over the years at Nautilus , claiming that "evolution constructed our bodies with the biological equivalent of duct tape and lumber scraps." Rowe interviewed biologists... More »

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