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Schrodinger's Cat's Avatar Jump to comment 8 by Schrodinger's Cat

Why should that matter? The theory goes that symmetrical features may be markers of genetic quality. Human ancestors evolved to find mates that would pass on good genes to offspring, so they would naturally be repelled by traits that would be detrimental to survival or indicators of poor health.

I'm not clear on how the early hominid retrospectively decides, after mating and ending up with 1 kid compared with the beautiful neighbour's 3, that the partner he chose was an ugly cow he should not have mated with.

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 19:46:04 UTC | #923834