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Old 05-22-2016, 02:57 PM
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It's the second most common genetic ear mutation in humans, actually. (First being lop-ears.)

Darwin actually wrote a lot about the evolution or human ears. Which you can find a bit about by using Google.

I have pointed ears.

http://i.imgur.com/4fGLqX4.jpg
They're not particularly "pointy, elf-like ears". More pointy than "regular", sure, but not much, and the baseline is very rounded.
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Old 05-22-2016, 06:34 PM
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It's the second most common genetic ear mutation in humans, actually. (First being lop-ears.)

Darwin actually wrote a lot about the evolution or human ears. Which you can find a bit about by using Google.

I have pointed ears.

http://i.imgur.com/4fGLqX4.jpg
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Old 05-23-2016, 01:53 PM
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My ears are rounded. I can move my left ear up, about 1/8 inch, at will. - and back down too. However it's actually just moving the left side of my face using a muscle attached around the ear. I can also independently move my left eyebrow 1/2 inch, Spock-like. And move my left lip upwards-and-outwards 1 inch (kindof sneer-like).

All of these are voluntary and what's most amazing to me is that I have no idea how to talk to the right-side muscles. Those muscles are probably not there, but I can't even imagine how to 'think' them to move.

My daughter has a right-ear elfish point.
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Old 05-23-2016, 04:24 PM
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... Evolution doesn't have an agenda and isn't trying to do anything. Random mutations simply happen. Some get passed along and some don't. Some have survival advantages and some don't. There's no "balance" that is some sort of goal. Evolution simply happens, there's no destination.
Precisely. Evolution has no "purpose" in mind. It's just the way things happen in nature. The more appropriate question is not "why didn't we ever evolve pointy ears," but "why didn't the pointy-eared mutation survive?" There may have once been some pointy-eared humans. We'll never know.

Some varieties, and some whole species, go extinct. In some cases we can figure out why, but most of the time we can't. I'd like to say it's a cosmic craps-shoot, but that would be quite unscientific.
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Old 05-23-2016, 06:51 PM
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Old 05-24-2016, 09:24 AM
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Old 05-24-2016, 06:50 PM
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Most people have never noticed, in the Donald Duck conic strips, illustrated characters who are not members of the Duck family are dogs if male and cats if female. The dog-males have round black noses and pendant floppy ears, and females have pointy cat ears, and still look humanoid enough that the reader does not notice the consistency of the characteristics.
I did a google image search on "duck tales characters", I can't find a single "cat", though females are in short supply.

However, how do you explain Boom-Boom Beagle?
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Old 05-25-2016, 02:26 AM
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I did a google image search on "duck tales characters", I can't find a single "cat", though females are in short supply.

However, how do you explain Boom-Boom Beagle?
How about Black Pete?
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