What is the function of the umbilical cord in a mammalian fetus?
The main function of the umbilical cord in a mammalian fetus is to carry nourishment and oxygen to the fetus from the mother's placenta, and to carry waste products from the fetus to the placenta. The umbilical cord is the source of connection from the placenta to the fetus.
The umbilical cord connects the navel of a fetus with the placenta. When the baby is born the umbilical cord is cut. The belly button is the location where the umbilical cord connected to the placenta. Umbilical cord is located at the umbilicus of the new born. The other end is attached to the placenta. Fetus gets the nourishment from the mother via umbilical cord.