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Jul 23, 2009

Two studies suggest a new kind of global warming: Attractive people are having a disproportionate share of babies, and women are getting hotter faster than men.

By FLYP Staff

Attractive people seem to get everything in life: warnings instead of speeding tickets, entry into the most exclusive bars and restaurants…

But the privilege of driving human evolution?

A recent study by scientists at the University of Helsinki found just that: more attractive people are having more kids than their peers, passing on their attractive genes to the next generation.

Researchers followed more than 2,000 men and women who graduated from Wisconsin high schools in 1957 to track how many children they had. Using yearbook pictures, the men and women were categorized into four groups: not attractive, moderately attractive, attractive and very attractive.

Researchers found that women in the top two groups of attractiveness had 16 and 6 percent more children, respectively, than the two lower groups. For men, the trend was simpler: the top three groups, or all those categorized in some degree as “attractive,” were found to have 13 percent more children than the group labeled “not attractive.”

Another similar study followed 3,000 U.S. high school students who graduated in the 1990s and tracked the genders of their children. This one found that participants in the highest category, labeled “very attractive,” had 36 percent higher odds than less-attractive people to have a female child.

So what does it all mean? Taken together, the studies indicate first that beautiful people have more children, and second, those children are more likely to be girls than boys. If this is true, then the female population is set to become more attractive faster than men, accelerating an evolutionary trend that might otherwise take millennia to express itself.

While at face value this may seem like great news for men, they will have to hope that women also evolve less discriminating taste.

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