Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

The limits imposed by culture: Are symmetry preferences evidence of a recent reproductive strategy or a common primate inheritance?

Lesley Newson a1 and Stephen Lea a1
a1 Washington Singer Laboratories, Exeter EX4 4QG, United Kingdom {l.newson; [email protected]{~LNewson;~SEGLea}


Women's preference for symmetrical men need not have evolved as part of a good gene sexual selection (GGSS) reproductive strategy employed during recent human evolutionary history. It may be a remnant of the reproductive strategy of a perhaps promiscuous species which existed prior to the divergence of the human line from that of the bonobo and chimp.