You see Brad Pitt‘s face, and you think, hot guy. Researchers look at Brad Pitt’s face and think, caveman.
London paleontologists have discovered that a specific facial structure has been found attractive by women throughout human evolution. By studying modern faces and the skulls of Homo erectus, Homo ergaster, Paranthropus boisei, Australopithecus africanus and Paranthropus robustus, they came to the conclusion that women have historically been drawn to men with “scrunched” faces-the area between the brow and upper lip is compressed in proportion to their whole head. Their shorter, broader faces are how women deduce masculinity and sexual appeal.
“The evolution of facial appearance is central to understanding what makes men and women attractive to each other,” the study’s lead author told Live Science. “We have found the distance between the lip and brow was probably immensely important to what made us attractive in the past, as it does now.”
Researchers now believe a simple ratio of facial length to width could serve as a calculation for attractiveness. Famous men who would meet the mathematical qualifications: Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Justin Timberlake, Johnny Depp and David Beckham, to name a few.
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