Beard trend is 'guided by evolution'

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Beard trend is 'guided by evolution'

#1  Postby DougC » Apr 17, 2014 12:57 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27023992
B.B.C. Article
The ebb and flow of men's beard fashions may be guided by Darwinian selection, according to a new study.
The more beards there are, the less attractive they become - giving clean-shaven men a competitive advantage, say scientists in Sydney, Australia.
When "peak beard" frequency is reached, the pendulum swings back toward lesser-bristled chins - a trend we may be witnessing now, the scientists say.
Their study has been published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.
In the experiment, women and men were asked to rate different faces with "four standard levels of beardedness".

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Re: Beard trend is 'guided by evolution'

#2  Postby I'm With Stupid » Apr 17, 2014 1:59 am

They say that, but we all know it's just Game of Thrones chic.

On the point though, I'd hardly say we're at peak beard. It's obviously way more common than it used to be, but it's still pretty rare in reality.
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