“Surfers ear,” a medical condition common in surfers, was also seen in neanderthals.
Surfer’s ear happens when people are exposed to cold water and air.
It causes dense growths inside the ear that are often benign but can lead to hearing loss.
Scientists analyzed more than 75 ancient human ear canals, finding that half showed signs of the bony growths, twice the amount they observed in any other group.
Researchers believe neanderthals got the condition because they lived or foraged for resources in aquatic settings — but also because of genetic predisposition — just like modern humans.
Source: NewsNet | Scientists: “Surfers Ear” Has Been Examined in Neanderthals