3 March 2006
Bombshells of the Mesozoic
Okay, not that early, but get a load of this:
Thanks to a food shortage and a man shortage about 10,000 years ago, men were in such demand they had their pick of mates.
With so much competition among women to find a mate, nature and evolution kicked in to give some cave women a distinctive look to attract the opposite sex: blond hair and blue eyes.
So says a new study published in the British science journal Evolution and Human Behavior.
Impossible. If it were a real British science journal, it would be called Evolution and Human Behaviour.
And anyway, there's a simpler explanation, says Dr. B:
[A] woman who is blond tends to have pale skin that will absorb more sunlight, and therefore more vitamin D, and will not develop rickets. Rickets causes bone deformities (bow legs, deformed pelvises) ... and not only are women with rickets less attractive, but if you have a deformed pelvis, you have a good chance of dying in childbirth. So blonds will be healthier, have more kids, and voila, genetic drift into blondness...
I'm inclined to accept the good doctor's version of things, especially since Betty Rubble, not even slightly blonde, always struck me as way hotter than Wilma Flintstone.Posted at 6:16 AM to Table for One