Human Ears evolved from Fish Gills

Yahoo (via Huffington Post):

Your ability to hear relies on a structure that got its start as a gill opening in fish, a new study reveals.

Humans and other land animals have special bones in their ears that are crucial to hearing. Ancient fish used similar structures to breathe underwater.

Scientists had thought the evolutionary change occurred after animals had established themselves on land, but a new look at an old fossil suggests ear development was set into motion before any creatures crawled out of the water.

Just further evidence that nature can come up with some pretty wacky stuff. I don’t know how anyone can read this sort of stuff and not be amazed.

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