LOBULATED EARS: NATURAL SELECTION GONE BIONIC?
The human ear lobe may be Nature’s first body part which has evolved only to be custom-tooled.
LATERAL THOUGHTS IN SEARCH OF EVER MORE INTERESTING STORIES FROM BIOLOGY. Robin and the Honey Badger’s mission is to re-charge biology with originality for you, the non-specialist reader. Here we interview the human ear lobe, noting that no other primate has yet proven to possess a cartilage-free auricular lobule. We speculate on the real reasons why Homo sapiens – but not necessarily other species of humans – has artfully augmented a body part that serves as a social billboard despite being asexual and non-racial.