Have You Ever Wondered Why Some People Have A Tiny Hole Near Their Ear, This Is What It Means

Written by Natalie Bogdanski
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People of all shapes and sizes have different variations of DNA - some similar, some very different. Have you ever looked at another person and noticed an odd, tiny hole near the top front of their ear? Commonly referred to as an ‘ear pit,’ this congenital malformation is called a preauricular sinus, and commonly occurs when a person’s face and ear come together at the top.

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Considered a slight birth defect, ear pits were first discovered by Van Heusinger in 1864. About 0.1 to 0.9 percent of people in Europe and the United States are born with this defect. But what is the cause of this defect?

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Neil Shubin, an evolutionary biologist, says that these holes come from our ancestors. Claiming that our ancestors may have been underwater dwellers, Shubin says that these holes are remnants of fish gills, and that a small percent of the population has them.

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Located around the external area of the ear, this condition can be passed down through generations and can sometimes become infected or even form a cyst. To remove the infection, the sinus is drained or sometimes even removed altogether.

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Neil Shubin, an evolutionary biologist, says that these holes come from our ancestors. Claiming that our ancestors may have been underwater dwellers, Shubin says that these holes are remnants of fish gills, and that a small percent of the population has them.

Located around the external area of the ear, this condition can be passed down through generations and can sometimes become infected or even form a cyst. To remove the infection, the sinus is drained or sometimes even removed altogether.

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