Abnormal bony growths in the ear canal were surprisingly common in Neanderthals, according to a study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Erik Trinkaus of Washington University and colleagues.
The La Chapelle-aux-Saints Neandertal skull, with the external auditory
exostoses (“swimmer’s ear” growths) in the left canal indicated
[Credit: Erik Trinkaus]External auditory exostoses are dense bony growths that protrude into…
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