• Question: Why do we have tonsils?

    Asked by spongeyyy to Amylou, Maria, Mark L, Mark U on 2 Jul 2012.
    • Photo: Mark Uphill

      Mark Uphill answered on 2 Jul 2012:

      Hi spongeyyy,
      I’m not a biologist, but like may scientific questions, I suspect this is one which scientists don’t have an adequate answer to. It might be that tonsils have had an evolutionary function and that in our society at present they have less “purpose”. What do you think?