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Author Topic: Beauty as a less viable gene pool?  (Read 12 times)
Tyler
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« on: April 29, 2011, 03:27:54 PM »

Is it possible that what we define as physical beauty in a person is less viable genetically?
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cy3
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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2011, 05:22:58 PM »

Yes, obviously.
You don't want to hook up with an ugly person, and that applies in the context of genetics, so there you go.
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Frank_N
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2011, 05:23:52 PM »

For most animals, there's a balance between survival and sexual selection.  A famous experiment with guppies showed that in the absence of predators, they developed brilliant coloration for sexual selection.  In the presence of predators, they were all drab grey to match their surroundings for camouflage.  For humans, simplistic biological evolution is no longer the dominant deciding factor.
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