Beauty and mate choice: What evolutionary biology can teach us

Enrique Font, Enrique V. Font‐Ferrer


We tend to regard beauty as the product of our education, the quintessence of cultural refinement, and we often emphasise the relative nature of beauty. That is why many find it shocking that the perception of beauty, especially human beauty, has a clear biological explanation, one that is largely independent from our education and culture. People are surprised because not only do the characteristics that define beauty originate in biology, but they are also universal and common to all members of our species.


beauty; mate choice; evolution; evolutionary psychology; sexual selection

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