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Old 10-12-2015, 06:05 PM
buddha_david buddha_david is offline
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Why haven't humans ever evolved pointy elf-like ears?

It's a common trope in fantasy and science fiction for non-human races like elves and Vulcans to sport distinctive, pointy ears. In fact, Spock's pointy ears were developed as a really inexpensive way to make him instantly recognizable as an alien species.

Which makes me wonder -- why don't pointy ears exist as a natural human feature? Most mammals have pointy-ish ears, from rodents to cats to antelope. It's only the primate species which have those boring round ears, which really aren't as effective in gathering sound. But that's what they evolved, so we humans are stuck with them.

Is there any physiological reason why pointy ears wouldn't work with humans? Or is it just an accident of evolution that we don't have people walking around who resemble Legolas?