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Old 08-19-2010, 09:35 PM
Location: MO Ozarkian in NE Hoosierana
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Originally Posted by !diom View Post
I've been thinking about beards lately. A full grown beard can make a guy's head, face, and jaw in particular look a lot bigger than it would otherwise. A mammoth jaw is intimidating, and could scare off predators. Did evolution reward the beard?


I thought it was a good place to grab some left over vittles for a quick snack?

Or to least retaste some good stuff that remained?

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Old 08-25-2010, 08:12 AM
Location: West Coast of Europe
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I guess we grow beards because of the Gillette gene.
I hate beards, and I hate shaving, so I am pretty pissed in this respect...
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Old 08-25-2010, 08:31 AM
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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Originally Posted by Lamplight View Post
That's a very interesting thought, and seems logical to me. I wonder if primitive human females were more attracted to a male with more facial hair. After all, it seems a lot of our traits are probably geared toward reproducing as much as possible. The appearance of an especially large mouth and jaw region may have intimidated predators, and that may have drawn females to those males with loads of facial hair from a sense of safety and protection for them and their offspring. Or it could be something completely different! Regardless, I can grow a beard but I hate the way it feels, so I'm cleanly shorn. Perhaps I'm hurting my chances of passing along my genes by going against nature, but I also don't want children, which probably also goes against nature. Man, in the wild my genes wouldn't have a chance!
This is similar to what I was thinking. Men have a specific pattern of secondary sex traits because that is what women have rewarded historically. Looking at human sexual dimorphism allows you to make some generalizations about what male and female preferences have been over the course of human history. One could assume that women generally like men who are bigger than they are, stronger than they are, and manifest evidence of healthy testosterone levels.
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