Lip, eye, and nose

Researchers in one field do not always pick up on good suggestions from those outside their speciality. Take, for example, the case of the Hapsburg lip.

“I do not propose to deal with one of the most famous inherited features, the ‘Hapsburg lip’ … because it could almost be described as a medical condition, about which I am not qualified to speak. However, I feel sure that the ‘Hanoverian eye’, the ‘Coburg nose’ and the ‘Danish neck’ will prove equally fascinating.” …

So begins this week’s Improbable Research column in The Guardian. Read it here.