My child has an elf ear

My child has an elf ear

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I don't recall when I first noticed the adorable little point on my daughter's right ear. Tiny, yet so very curious.

But I do remember when her pediatrician first noticed it and actually gave it a name:

"Oh, she has a Darwinian node," the doctor said, smiling in that way only nerdy doctors can when they've finally seen something they had only before read about in their fat, med-school text books.

"They run in families."

Now this guy must have really been paying attention in medical school, because it's hard to find much conclusive information about this funny little bump on my girl's ear.

It seems to go by many names, including Darwin's point and Darwin's auricular tubercle. (Say that three times fast, I dare you.)

The reason it's named after Darwin is because Charles Darwin refers to it in his book, The Descent of Man, as evidence of our monkey ancestry.

And it's listed here as one of the ten signs of evolution in modern man. It's also listed as one of the five things humans no longer need. As the thinking goes, pointed ears were once necessary for better hearing, thus better hunting.

I don't really know what to make of all this evolutionary talk. She does have some wild-monkey qualities, but her hearing seems to be quite poor. I have to repeat myself a lot.

I kind of enjoy thinking I might have given birth to an elf. Especially certain times of year.

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