In the second half of the TNG episode "Unification", Ambassador Spock is hanging out on Romulus teaching the Romulans about Vulcan culture. While attempting to find him, Captain Picard & Data both disguise themselves as Romulans, yet Spock does not. On multiple occasions, Spock is seen walking outside among Romulans without a second look, despite having no brow ridges. He's literally just a Vulcan dressed in Romulan clothing.

We should also consider another Romulan, Tallera, in the 2-part "Gambit" arc, who is

actually a Vulcan intelligence officer in disguise as a Romulan... and she has the brow ridges to complete her disguise.

I assume that Spock's lack of brow ridges was largely for actor Leonard Nimoy's comfort, but it has me wondering... are there any other TNG-era Romulans who lack brow ridges?

Note: I've ignored both T-Pel and Sela since there are obvious reasons they wouldn't have ridges.

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  • @Valorum "leaving behind such significant keloids on their foreheads that it eventually wended its way into the gene pool over many years" I don't think that's how genetics works. – JAB Mar 11 '18 at 17:15
  • @JAB - In humans, sure. But they're not human – Valorum Mar 11 '18 at 17:49
  • Would you accept Nero and the crew of the Narada, from Star Trek (2009)? Their smooth foreheads are likely due to the filmmakers' decisions, without an in-universe explanation, but the characters originated (in-universe) during the TNG era. – Gaultheria Mar 12 '18 at 7:07
  • @Valorum - Lamarck lives! – Xplodotron Mar 14 '18 at 21:31

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