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To: count-your-change

I’m not to familiar with the plantaris muscle, other than it is considered “vestigal.”

18 posted on 01/13/2009 9:11:07 PM PST by GodGunsGuts
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“Anatomical Variations of the Plantaris Muscle
and a Potential Role in Patellofemoral
Pain Syndrome
Department of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology, American University of the Caribbean,
Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles

....The presence
of interdigitations strengthen the argument that the plantaris muscle supplement
the activity of the lateral head of the gastrocnemius muscle whereas the
patellar extension suggests an involvement with patellofemoral dynamics and
may play a role in the various presentations of patellofemoral pain syndrome.”

The gastrocnemius in the above is one of the big muscles in the calf and plantaris is thought to help this muscle rather act as a strong muscle its self. But for all the talk of it's being useless, a more honest statement would be that we don't know it's function in humans.

Ignorance of function certainly is not proof of no function, as with “junk” DNA, appendix, etc.

23 posted on 01/13/2009 9:48:04 PM PST by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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