Why We Have That Groove Below Our Noses

Publish Date
Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 4:56PM
Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

We're not gonna lie, we've never really given a thought to the weird groove in between our nose and the centre of our lips, but now that it's been pointed out, we're beyond intrigued. 

It turns out that is actually has no purpose... cooool. 

But it's called the philtrum and it's formed in the womb, and relates to how our each of our tiny faces are formed while we were in the womb.

Dr Michael Mosley on the BBC program ‘Inside the Human Body’, said, "It is the place where the puzzle that is the human face finally all comes together… The three main sections of the puzzle meet at your top lip, creating the groove that is the philtrum."

Well, you'll probably never need to use that info, but hey you can thank us later if it comes up in a pub quiz or something!


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