Eardrum as seen by a doctor © Siemens Stiftung 2018 CC BY-SA 4.0 international

Eardrum as seen by a doctor

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“Close-up” of eardrum. View from the side of the outer ear of the eardrum with the exterior process of the malleus.

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2018-04-22
At first glance, the malleus connected to the eardrum from outside seems to be a quirk of evolution. For its purpose it would seem to be enough or to be better to be connected inside. But it seems also that better hearing of higher frequencies (speech development) resulting from the taut membrane in front of the malleus was so important. That would explain this seeming quirk of evolution.
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The human body
Structure and function of a sensory organ
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