Why did evolution leave beards on men?

Discussion in 'theory, philosophy & history' started by bimble, Dec 29, 2017.

  1. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    I've been googling this now and again for a while but found nothing at all that answers the question in an even half-satisfying way: You can't just say 'sexual selection' and leave it at that, else why did men not evolve to keep their tails who can say women wouldn't have fancied them more with a tail, or a furry ruff round the neck to keep warm whilst hunting..
    We would all have had furry faces then at some point women's got bald and (many) men got left with the bottom half of their faces covered in hair. Why? Anyone got any ideas better than just 'sexual selection'? Cheers.
     
  2. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Warning: posts may cause vasovagal presyncope

    Because it wasn't a disadvantage to have beard.
     
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  3. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    But for women it was?
     
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  4. maomao

    maomao 四月她爹

    So why did women lose them?
     
  5. JimW

    JimW 支那暗杀团

    Testosterone display like flanges on an orang utan.
     
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  6. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Warning: posts may cause vasovagal presyncope

    I haven't memorised the human genome, but my guess would be that it was a side effect of something that was useful to women.
     
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  7. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    You’re confusing evolution with Occam’s Razor.
     
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  8. Johnny Vodka

    Johnny Vodka The Abominable Scotsman

    Why do lions have manes?
     
  9. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    It protects them in fights from the enemy going for the jugular.
     
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  10. cupid_stunt

    cupid_stunt Dyslexic King Cnut the Great.

    Because they don't shave.
     
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  11. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat put on an iron shirt, chase santa out of earth

    8 out of 10 cats prefer whiskers
     
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  12. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    There's several 'science' experiments that set out to prove how women find men with beards sexier, but they are "inconclusive" :D
     
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  13. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Warning: posts may cause vasovagal presyncope

    Maybe it's not the only variable.
     
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  14. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Warning: posts may cause vasovagal presyncope

    Very good. Well, the best a man can get.
     
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  15. bubblesmcgrath

    bubblesmcgrath Well-Known Member

    Here's another question....why do men have nipples?
     
  16. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    & also very obviously culturally filtered our response to a beard in a time & place.
     
  17. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Warning: posts may cause vasovagal presyncope

    Not just chins? :confused:
     
  18. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Warning: posts may cause vasovagal presyncope

    Because it isn't a disadvantage.
     
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  19. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    That's because they'd look silly without them obvs.
     
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  20. cupid_stunt

    cupid_stunt Dyslexic King Cnut the Great.

    Because all human life starts as female in the womb, if a Y chromosome is present in the embryo, the testosterone restricts the development of breasts, hence just nipples.
     
  21. bubblesmcgrath

    bubblesmcgrath Well-Known Member

    But...
    If they've enough hairy chest their absence would not be noticeable.
     
  22. bubblesmcgrath

    bubblesmcgrath Well-Known Member

    So basically everyone starts off as a woman ....
    :D
    That's ace innit?
     
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  23. Yossarian

    Yossarian free shrugs

    Modern humans have chins but the Neanderthals some of us interbred with didn't - so perhaps the beards are a relic of a time when only the Neanderthal males who could best disguise their chinlessness with beards were able to pass on their DNA, though this theory does not explain the puzzle of the chinless British aristocracy.

    Chins are a bit useless so why do we have them?
     
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  24. bubblesmcgrath

    bubblesmcgrath Well-Known Member

    They do come in useful when one falls flat on one's face.
     
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  25. Sprocket.

    Sprocket. Petty Vagrant.

    Michael Gove is a Neanderthal!
     
  26. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    It's probably because God made man in His image, and in pretty much all of His images, He's got a massive beard.

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    Whereas ribs don't have beards, so that explains women.
     
  27. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    This is good, I like it.
    Best I can come up with is something to do with it having been advantageous for men to be able to conceal their faces, maybe making them better at negotiations when meeting other competing social groups, whilst they liked being able to more easily tell what women were thinking.
    :confused:
     
  28. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    Neanderthal cunt
     
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  29. Sprocket.

    Sprocket. Petty Vagrant.

    Was that by Hotlegs?
     
  30. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    It always saddens me to see neanderthals denigrated in this way
     

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