Do You Have An Extra Hole On Your Ear? It’s Actually Pretty Special.
One expert is suggesting that ear pits are signs of our inner fish.
Neil Shubin is a paleontologist and evolutionary biologist whose research is focused on the evolution of new organs. He believes that these holes are remnants of fish gills.
Shubin wrote "Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body," and it was named Best Book of the Year by the National Academy of Sciences.
In an interview with PBS, Shubin explains why he wrote the book. "In 2004, when we discovered Tiktaalik, I realized it wasn't some esoteric fossil from an odd moment in time. It's part of our own history. Its story is linked to our own, and that story is profound."
"Then, in 2005, my knee blew out and I was stuck in bed for three days. I grabbed a notebook — with my knee on ice, laughing to myself that I had my inner fish to thank — and one thing led to another," he continued.
What do you think of his hypothesis?
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