Some people get all the cool evolutionary leftovers.
In case you’re unaware, the human body is both a wonderful, magical place... and also a disgusting horror show. How it manages to be both at the same time is pretty much a testament to all of the changes that the human form has gone through since time immemorial.
In one way or another, we have a “typical” shape and normal perception of what the human body should look like, but there are a series of bits and pieces of our historical ancestors that get to stay trapped inside, floating around.
But some people get to show off those hidden gems in their DNA, and if you’ve got a tiny hole over one or both ears, then you are one of the lucky few who can!
This tiny hole is what evolutionary biologist Neil Shubin believes is a throwback to when our ancestors were first coming out of the water. According to him, they are an “evolutionary remnant of fish gills,” which is pretty amazing if you think about it.
It’s what’s known as a preauricular sinus, which is a hereditary birth defect — meaning it can be passed down from parents to their children — and was first documented by a scientist by the name of Van Heusinger way back in 1864.
The holes, while tiny, also affect a very tiny percent of the population. In the UK, less than one percent of people have them, but that number is even lower in the United States. In Asia and some areas of Africa, anywhere from four to ten percent of people are endowed with this particular hereditary defect.
While there’s nothing wrong with having them, they do sometimes get the nasty habit of becoming infected, but it can be cleared up with simple antibiotics.
So if you or one of the people you know have one of these preauricular sinuses, then you should be happy! You’re one of a very select few flaunting one of the prehistoric changes our bodies have been through over the years.