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The Evolution Of Beauty, Part Of A Special Section On The Evolution Of Sex In Latest Issue Of Science

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September 28, 1998
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We all know a "good-looker" when we see one. But why do some traits, "say, large eyes and broad shoulders" seem attractive, as opposed to nose hair and a paunch? According to University of Texas zoologist Michael J. Ryan, the answer may be that mate choice is colored by perceptual biases hard-wired into an animal's sensory system for reasons other than sexual thrill. Beauty, that is, may be literally in the eye of the beholder.

Washington, DC--We all know a "good-looker" when we see one. But why do some traits, "say, large eyes and broad shoulders" seem attractive, as opposed to nose hair and a paunch? According to University of Texas zoologist Michael J. Ryan, the answer may be that mate choice is colored by perceptual biases hard-wired into an animal's sensory system for reasons other than sexual thrill. Beauty, that is, may be literally in the eye of the beholder.


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