No matter the fact that people share similar DNA and genes, we are still all different one from another. There are a lot of things that make us unique such as a mole, birth mark, skin tag, longer or shorter toes, and many more. Even though this trait is rare, it can still occur and that is a small hole located on the top front of one’s ear. The name of this not very common tiny hole is ear pit or a preauricular sinus.
Fascinating Scientific Theories about Ear Pits
In order to check whether you have an ear pit or not, you should look at the part where your face joints the upper ear cartilage. An ear pit is actually a small hole on the outside rim of your ear. You can have only on one ear, or on both.
The statistics reveal that only 1% of all people living in the United States have this extremely unique trait. However, in other countries, the number is bigger. For instance, in UK it’s 9%, in Asia and parts of Africa 4-10%, and in South Korea 5%. This small hole was first documented by Van Heusinger back in 1864 and it was considered as birth defect.
On the other hand, Neil Shubin, an evolutionary biologist had a different theory about ear pits. According to him, they are Bottom of Formevolutionary remnants of mermaids, or fish girls. In other words, ear pits are an extremely important proof from the time when our ancestors might have lived underwater.
Due to the fact that it does not cause any harm, people forget it it’s there. On the other hand, there are rare cases where it can form a cyst or become infected. These cases should definitely be reported to doctors. In severe cases where the infection worsens, the ear pit needs to be drained or even removed surgically.
There you go. If you’ve ever dreamed to be a mermaid, now’s your chance to see if you have been one!
In order to learn more about these rare ear pits, see the following video.