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; s.e.g.lea}@ex.ac.uk www.ex.ac.uk{~LNewson;~SEGLea}

Abstract

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.



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