Here’s Why Some People Have A Strange Small Hole Near Their Ear

Ever notice how some people have a tiny hole near their ears?

Ever wonder why it’s there?

You might be thinking that it’s a mistake made by whoever was piercing their ear, but you’d be wrong.

Courtesy of VT.

This is the REAL reason why you have said hole near your ear (if you do).

This little hole is scientifically referred to as a preauricular sinus, and it appears on less than 1% of the population in the US and UK. It’s capable of appearing on both ears, though in most cases it’s only on one, and it’s a feature that is inherited when the human is still in a fetus state.

Nobody knows for certain why they’re there, but evolutionary scientist Neil Shubin speculates that it’s a leftover from the past, claiming they’re evolutionary remnants of fish gills.

And if you happen to have one of these, don’t panic, as they’re completely harmless. And even if they get infected, it’s nothing that surgery can’t solve.

So there you have it! Some people are tall, some people have curly hair instead of straight, but if you’re one of the lucky few in the world to have a preauricular sinus, then don’t worry! It’s just a reminder that you’re a wonderful and unique human being. Whatever you do, though, please do not treat your preauricular sinus as a piercing, and try to slip an earring through there. That would be bad.

Source: vt


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