Do Your Ears Hang Low?

Did you know that many owl species have one ear lower than the other?

This helps the owl tell which direction a noise is coming from.  It then turn its head so the sound arrives at both ears at the same time.  It now knows its prey is right in front of it.  Owls can detect a left/right difference of about 30 millionth of a second!  Pretty impressive if you ask me!

My owl sketch

Here is a pencil sketch I did of an owl recently.

Human ears are a different matter entirely.  Humans are bilaterally symmetrical, meaning the left-hand side of our bodies is, at least outwardly, a mirror image of the right-hand side.  However, the symmetry is not exact.  There can be left to right differences in size of hands, feet, ankles and ears!

Do your ears wobble to and fro?

Humans ears and noses continue grow as one ages.

Human Ears Hanging Low

This is because the cartridge in them continue to grow until the day one dies.  Not only does the cartridge grow but the earlobes elongate from gravity.  This can make the ear look even larger.  (Too bad our hearing does not improve with age!)

So have you been humming the song from your childhood while reading this post?  I know I have!

Do your ears hang low; Do they wobble to and fro?  Can you tie them in knot; Can you ties them in a bow?  Can you toss them over your shoulder like a Continental Solder?  Do your ears hang low?!

I bet you start looking more at people’s ears and noses now!  HAHAHA!

6 responses to “Do Your Ears Hang Low?

  1. Oh I’m hearing the Barney song; blast you lol!! Love the owl in particular. And I never knew any of this, a fascinating post!! Thanks for sharing it. ❤

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  2. Thank you Laura! I learned a lot too writing this post. 😊

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  3. Love the owl’s eyes. I try to turn my frown upside down – ; )

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  4. glenmarf@gmail.com

    Love that song. I sing it to Cami and wiggle her ears in time. I love your ear demonstrations too

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