Gene Clue to Why Women Pick Brains over Brawn
Chapman, James, Daily Mail (London)
Byline: JAMES CHAPMAN
IF YOU are one of those men who looks in the mirror in the morning and doesn't like what he sees, take heart.
Women are genetically programmed to pick brains over brawn when it comes to choosing a mate, say scientists.
The female of the species is, the experts say, responsible for the intelligence of the human race.
Historically, women have spurned the bronzed Adonis and instead plumped for men with wit and intelligence, according to a report published today.
The theory might help explain how balding, bearded author Salman Rushdie ? no oil painting in anyone's book, but acknowledged as a giant of literature ? managed to charm the model Padma Lakshmi.
Or why Marilyn Monroe found the bespectacled playwright Arthur Miller, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1949, sufficiently beguiling to marry.
German geneticists say by favouring intelligence over strength and looks, our female ancestors set in motion a process that, over thou-'Humanity should be grateful' sands of years, has developed the modern human brain.
Dr Horst Hameister and Dr Ulrich Zechner, of the University of Ulm, claim to have found evidence that the way women select men means the human race has built up more and more genes for intelligence.
Their sexual selection process, running hand in hand with the fact that brighter individuals are more likely to survive anyway, has resulted in a tripling in the size of the human brain over 2.5million years, say the scientists.
Other studies have indicated that women prefer brain over brawn when selecting a mate. …