Posted by: Tony Carson | 24 August, 2007

Beauty: it’s between the lip and brow

“The evolution of facial appearance is central to understanding what makes men and women attractive to each other,” Weston said. “We have found the distance between the lip and brow was probably immensely important to what made us attractive in the past, as it does now.”

So who are the prototypes Eleanor Weston, a paleontologist at the Natural History Museum in London, is talking about? Guys with relatively short upper faces. The region between the brow and the upper-lip is scrunched proportionately to the overall size of their heads; guys like Will Smith and Brad Pitt.

What’s at play here is that certain facial features evolved due to sexual selection: if your looks are appealing you tend to get the babe and when you do that you have the chance to pass along your genes.

The scientists are not certain why today’s distinctive male face and its proportions evolved.

“A shorter upper face does serve to exaggerate the size of other face features such as the flare of the cheeks and the size of the jaw, but this might not be why it developed,” Weston told LiveScience. “Rather the shorter [and] broader the male face the more ‘masculine’ and the less ‘feminine’—based on biological face changes that take place during growth and development—the individual becomes,” she said.

Full story here: Study: Chick Magnets Today Look Like Cavemen


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