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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Do Your Ears Hang Low?

I’m a big Star Trek fan. I particularly love the original series before all its various reincarnations.

I find the character of “Spock” to be, shall I say, “fascinating.”

In particular, Spock’s ears were (IMHO) a work of cosmetic genius. They had the same all-too-human tendency to grow ever so slightly – sometimes they were a little more pointy and at other times and in other seasons or films they appeared to be lower, thicker and broader.

Was the changing-of-the-ears an intentional mimic of his part human DNA or was it an oversight by some continuity person?

Either way, his ears continued to grow just as ours do throughtout our entire lives – about 0.22 millimeter per year, at least that’s according to a study performed by the Royal College of General Practitioners in Great Britain. Might I add that it is only the flesh portion of the ear that continues to grow and not the ear canal, which is composed of cartilege and bone.

This then begs the question: Why do ears continue to grow as we get older? Could it be the simple response of gravity pulling our ears downward or is it nature’s way of providing a natural “ear horn” to assist diminished hearing!

Whatever the reason it is indeed fascinating!

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