Ancient Panamanian divers was suffering from surfer’s ear
Archaeologists have identified the profession of pre-Columbian Indians on the growths in his ears.
The researchers examined skulls from graves in Panama and came to the conclusion that their owners were pearl divers. The class was able to identify bone tumors in the ears.
The researchers found turtles exostosis in the ear, buildup of bone tissue that appear in the auditory canal, closing it. The mechanism of occurrence of exostoses is unknown, but the relationship between him and the stay in cold water is generally recognized. Bone formation in the ear is also called “surfer’s ear” because they are very common for kayakers, divers and surfers. In addition, the exostoses can develop due to fungus or bacterial infection.