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What Is That Little Groove Between Our Nose? Its Importance Will Surprise You!

The importance of philtrum or that little groove between our nose and upper lip.

The little groove or philtrum that is in between our nose and upper lip is one of the most important parts of the human face.

Philtrum or also commonly called as ‘cupid’s bow’ is the hollow space that is in between our nose and our upper lip.


Photo lifted from IFL Science (Josh Davis’ Article)

Truly, this part of our faces has baffled a lot of people and scientists because for the longest time,we thought that it serves no purpose on human.

And after centuries, scientists have already found its crucial role while a human was built inside the womb.

On the early stages of  gestation inside the womb, the human face is a bizarre of curved and messy flesh that has no distinctive features.

And  gradually  growing through a period of time, it starts  to have a shape with its main sections connected on the beneath of the nose thus creating the philtrum.

Dr. Michael Mosley, a  British journalist, producer and presenter who worked at BBC  known for his presentations in field of  biology and medicine, explained, “Down the centuries biologists have wondered why every face has this particular feature.What we now know is that it is the place where the puzzle that is the human face finally all comes together.”


Photos from The Sun (Tim Nixon’s Article)

According to him, the three main sections of the ‘puzzle’ meets at the top of the upper left or below  the nose the reason why philtrum was created.

He further added, “This whole amazing process – the bits coming together to produce a recognisable human face – happens in the womb between two and three months. If it doesn’t happen then, it never will.”

So now, we know the amazing fact about this little canal between our nose and upper lip. Surely, without it, we’ll never have the face that we have right now.
Imagine your face without the philtrum, would you still see yourself the same?
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