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Height Important In Matters Of Love
2014-02-11 04:38:22

[ Watch the Video: Height Is Definitely A Factor In Romance ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Height plays a big role in determining who is a potential partner for women, according to researchers at Rice University and the University of North Texas. Researchers looked at how height is a factor when determining who someone wants to fall in love with. The team used data from Yahoo! personal dating advertisements of 455 males and 470 females. They found that woman...

2013-11-13 10:53:16

Parents' strategy to love their children depends on more than blood ties Contrary to common belief, parents do not generally treat their stepchildren less favorably than their own. Until now, many researchers believed in the so-called "Cinderella effect." It states that it is biologically inevitable that parents care less for stepchildren because they do not spread their genes. However, researchers have discovered an important exception. If there is a reasonable chance of increasing wealth...

2013-08-12 12:26:27

"This is by far the most rigorous and in-depth re-examination of the sufficiency of neo-Darwinian theory. Never have so many well-credentialed scientists, representing so many disciplines, united so effectively to look beyond the standard mutation-selection paradigm." - The Editors WACO, Texas, Aug. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- World Scientific Publishing has just released the proceedings of a symposium held in the spring of 2011, where a diverse group of scientists gathered...

2013-05-07 16:26:42

BINGHAMTON, N.Y., May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to some experts, despite billions of dollars and everyone's best intentions, education isn't working well in America. Recently, scientists brought together by The Evolution Institute, explored new solutions from an unusual source: Darwin's theory of evolution. Much progress has been made in using evolution to improve the human condition, so much so, that The American Education Research Association is funding a future...

Chin Preference Changes Across Several Populations
2013-04-15 18:51:55

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study published in PLOS One suggests facial preferences across different populations vary. Northwestern University researchers tested the assumption that the presence of chin shape in picking a mate is consistent across human populations. However, they found when tested, this theory didn't hold true. "This suggests that either sexual selection hasn't been important in shaping chin shape in humans or that facial...

Men’s Superior Spatial Skills May Be Mere Chance
2013-02-20 08:38:12

Jedidiah Becker for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In recent decades, a plurality of studies have emerged confirming an age-old, cross-cultural gender stereotype with which we´re all familiar — namely, that the average man has (slightly) better spatial-navigational skills than the average woman. As study after study has buttressed what appears to be a case of natural chauvinism, the go-to explanation for the discrepancy has gone something like this: The males who...

2012-09-27 14:12:56

For two decades, evolutionary scientists have been locked in a debate over the evolved functions of three distinctive human behaviors: the great readiness we show for cooperating with new people, the strong interest we have in tracking others' reputations regarding how well they treat others, and the occasional interest we have in punishing people for selfishly mistreating others. In an article published today in the journal PLoS ONE, researchers at UC Santa Barbara's Center for...

Monogamy Evolved From Chest-Thumping To Caregiving
2012-05-29 12:14:10

John Neumann for RedOrbit.com Chest-thumping and grunting alpha males, a study suggests, may be losing the battle for preferable females to males who can demonstrate caregiving and the ability to provide for a family, according to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research team says they have demonstrated mathematically that the transition to pair-bonding was based on female choice and faithfulness, so that providing for females became a...

Darwinian Selection Continues To Influence Human Evolution
2012-04-30 14:25:37

New evidence proves humans are continuing to evolve and that significant natural and sexual selection is still taking place in our species in the modern world. Despite advancements in medicine and technology, as well as an increased prevalence of monogamy, research reveals humans are continuing to evolve just like other species. Scientists in an international collaboration, which includes the University of Sheffield, analyzed church records of about 6,000 Finnish people born between...

2012-01-24 21:48:10

Prejudice against people from groups different than their own is linked to aggression for men and fear for women, suggests new research led by Michigan State University scholars. The researchers report that, throughout history, men have been the primary aggressors against different groups as well as the primary victims of group-based aggression and discrimination. “There is evidence going back thousands of years of bands of men getting together and attacking other bands of men,...