Can you wiggle your ears without using your fingers?
It’s a strange question, but if you have to ask yourself the answer is probably “no.”
You either can wiggle your ears or you can’t, and there’s a special reason why only some of us have the gift.
Why can some people move their ears in the first place?
Well, you probably share your home with at least one ear-wiggler, and it should be obvious if you think about them.
Your dog or cat can move their ears, just like horses or other mammals.
It helps them hear better, and to identify where noises are coming from. That’s very useful for an animal with natural predators that want to eat them.
So how come humans are left out of the wiggling club?
As humans evolved, some traits stopped being useful for us, including being able to move our ears.
Over thousands of years, the ability died out from one generation to the next. But it still lives on in some of us, because it’s useless but not dangerous or deadly.
Surveys say that 10-20% of the population can still wiggle their ears, and wiggling is usually common among family members.
But even if you don’t have wiggly ears, the muscles around your ears will still react to loud noises as if they can move.
But this cute feature isn’t the only leftover trait from our ancestors.