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Why do humans have a third eyelid? - Dorsa Amin

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You know that little pink thing nestled in the corner of your eye? It’s actually the remnant of a third eyelid. In humans, it’s vestigial, meaning it no longer serves its original purpose. There are several other vestigial structures in the human body, quietly riding along from one of our ancestor species to the next. But why have they stuck around for so long? Dorsa Amir investigates.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Dorsa Amir
  • Director Avi Ofer
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Animator Avi Ofer
  • Illustrator Avi Ofer
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Associate Editorial Producer Elizabeth Cox
  • Script Editor Emma Bryce

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