Evolutionary Psychology

Saturday, May 15, 2004

The Perfect Ratio

The field of interest known as hominid evolutionary psychology truly is a fascinating area of study. Some of its most practical applications come in theories of sexual selection and mating systems. Classic principles such as ardent males and picky females are undoubtedly the basis of much of the current work in the field, but they are unable to fully explain the brilliant diversity and complexity of human mating and partner selection strategies. Some of these interesting phenomena are:

1) Generally considered the most attractive waist to hip ratio in females is 0.7, whilst in males it is 0.9.

2) The reproductive potential in males far outstrips that in females. Molay Ishmail, who lived in the 1600's, had 525 sons and 342 daughters by the time he was 31 years old. Think of queue for the bathroom in the morning!

3) In recent cross-cultural studies men preferred partners younger than themselves 100%of the time, and 92% of men value physical attributes more than women do.

4) Women show menstrual cycle variation in their preferences for masculinised faces-when they are most fertile they prefer masculinised faces more than normal.

5) The list goes on-you have probably observed many genetic mating biases of your own.

1 Comments:

  • Tell us more about the important things in life - like your rowing!

    By Blogger Theresa, at 9:54 PM  

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