Got A Tiny Hole Above Your Ear? We Finally Know Why

Sometimes they leak. Ew.

Got a teeny hole above your ear you've never though much about?

Has your best friend got one, and you've always wondered what it was?


preauricular sinus = free forward helix piercing

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They're called 'Preauricular sinuses'. Around 1 in 100 people have them, and they're totally normal.

It's not known why, but apparently they're passed down in families.


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But get this - Business Insider reported that evolutionary biologist, Neil Shubin, theorised they could be an ‘evolutionary remnant of fish gills’. You know, from back in the day when humans were ~fish~.

Yeah. Life is weird.

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