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July 12, 2007

MSNBC News You Can't Use: Why Hasn't Evolution Gotten Rid of Ugly People?

Ummm... probably because ugliness is not actually a terrible impediment to successfully mating and reproducing. It just limits your options, mainly, to other ugly people.

Ugly people want theirs, too. Trust me on this one.

But what do I know? These geniuses have an alternate theory: some genes which produce attractive features in male offspring produce ugly features in female offspring, and vice versa. Thus, the genes in question continue to be passed on, because there's a 50% chance they'll result in granting the offspring a better chance at mating.

I kinda doubt this. 90% of what makes women attractive (lean bodies, tallness, strong cheekbones, big eyes, etc.) makes men attractive, too, so why would all the genes resulting in the opposite, unattractive features have persisted, given that those genes produce beauty in neither sex?

Although I will concede: This theory would tend to explain moobs.



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