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Human earlobes

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Human earlobes appear to be an evolutionary redundant artifact.

They have no known function. They may have had some use in the past, and are now 'vestigial' - like the appendix. Or, they may just be a genetic anomaly which didn't predjudice an individual's survival, and so remained in the gene pool.

It is known that genetic changes can affect the earlobe shape - some being more 'attached' to the side of the face. But the reasons why they evolved at all are unknown.

(Note: It is commonly suggested that 'creased' earlobes are a sign of various diseases. But to date, no study has successfully proven this to be the case.) [ ref. needed ]


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