The Earliest Known Case of Attached Earlobe Type
In the early 1800’s, when the first earlobes were being discovered, it was thought that they all belonged to one person. However, there were two different cases with two different ears.
One of them had a very large ear canal and the other one did not have any ear canal at all. They both looked like the picture above.
The second case was a little bit different from the first case. There were no big ear holes and the earlobes were not completely round.
The second case was known as “Earle” and it was displayed by the museum in the U.S.
The first case was known as “Lyle” and it was on display in a museum in England. The English doctor who found the first earlobe was able to trace the “Lyle” earlobe back to a family line in England.
The museum in England did not allow pictures of “Lyle” to be taken, but you can find a picture of him in the museum in the U.S.
Who Discovered Attached Earlobes?
In 1808, a Scottish doctor by the name of James Braid discovered an earlobe in his medical office. He did not know what it was and thought that it might have fallen off a patient. He thought that he might be in some kind of trouble, so he searched the office and found the rest of the body. He then discovered that it was not a human body at all, but rather an animal. The earlobe came from a monkey.
In 1809, the Scottish doctor built a machine of some kind and applied it to the earlobe. It was called a “pneumatic otoscope.” It allowed him to look inside the ear canal of the earlobe.
He wanted to see if the ear canal was similar to that of a human ear. It was almost the exact same thing. The machine allowed him to see the ear canal of the earlobe, but there was something else that he saw. Inside the earlobe, there was a small human body.
In 1821, the Scottish doctor began writing a book about his experiences. He called his book “My Experiments with the Monkey-Earlobe.” It took him more than ten years to write the book because he had a lot of other work to do.
The book was finally completed in 1831.
The book was very popular in England. It was not as popular in the U.S.
because at that time the U.S. did not exist yet.
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