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Carnivores Eg dogs cats have a little flap on the outer edge of their ears. It is almost like a little pouch. Does anyone know what it is for?


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November 25, 2007 5:00PM

Good question! It is formed around the cartilage support of the "pinna" (outer ear/ear flap). It is most comparable to our own ear lobes.

As far as I know it has no major function, like the lobes of our own human ears, but it's size and shape will be dictated genetically.

It is most likely a remanant of fetal ear development in the womb.