Human Face Shaped By Millions Of Years Of Fighting


Millions of years of fist fights have altered the human face to leave men’s jaws more robust than women’s, a study has found. Evidence suggests it evolved to minimise damage from bruising altercations after our ancient ancestors learned how to throw a punch. Researchers studied the bone structure of australopiths, ape-like bipeds living four to five million years ago that pre-dated the modern human primate family Homo. They found that australopith faces and jaws were strongest in just those areas most likely to receive a blow from a fist. It is a legacy that continues to this day, helping to explain why men’s faces are more robust than women’s, say the scientists.” w/ photos

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