Why did evolution leave beards on men?

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

  1. JimW

    JimW 支那暗杀团

    If it's just a marker of sexual maturity it doesn't have to serve any particular practical purpose, like my earlier example of flanges in male orang utan. Flange flange flange.
     
  2. bubblesmcgrath

    bubblesmcgrath Well-Known Member

    Isn't a beard for storing food for later?
    No? :hmm:
     
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  3. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    But look!
    It says in here that the flanges aren't actually that - they don't always come at all and when they do its years and years after sexual maturity has been reached.
    The Mystery of the Orangutan Flange | The Ark In Space
     
  4. JimW

    JimW 支那暗杀团

    Yes, it's only the dominant male develops them and another will when it's going to challenge. But the point about no practical purpose applies. Flange flange flange. Or think of the gaudy plumage on a lot of male birds etc.
     
  5. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model One star in sight

    It's to store small bits of food in obvs
     
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  6. planetgeli

    planetgeli There's no future in England's dreaming

    Sharp.
     
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  7. planetgeli

    planetgeli There's no future in England's dreaming

    Ruddy Yurts 'Back to Basics'.
     
  8. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Warning: posts may cause vasovagal presyncope

    I see God got in his bubble bath with his clothes on again.
     
  9. Sprocket.

    Sprocket. Baroudeur...

    He is getting on a bit God bless him!
     
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  10. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Warning: posts may cause vasovagal presyncope

  11. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

  12. Magnus McGinty

    Magnus McGinty Wh♂️

    Because we’re scruffy cunts who can’t be arsed shaving.
     
  13. xenon

    xenon Radical efficiencies

    Hipster scientist...
     
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  14. xenon

    xenon Radical efficiencies

    Anyway it’s just testosterone isn’t it.
     
  15. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    Not quite, because lots of men can't grow them at all but have the same levels of testosterone. Its something about how your body reacts to the testosterone, apparently.
     
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  16. bubblesmcgrath

    bubblesmcgrath Well-Known Member

    I really like beards.
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    Swoon.... lol



    But not weirdly shaped ones.
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    weird-beard-people-men-funny-4.jpg
     
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  17. bubblesmcgrath

    bubblesmcgrath Well-Known Member

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  18. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow Seagulls and wasps are brilliant!

    This article indicates it isn't straightforward, but some evidence links beards to dominance and therefore increased reproductive success.

    But the issue is complex and can't really be distilled down into a single reason.

    They do serve a superb practical function though - a face scarf. Your face is kept noticeably warmer in cold weather than when it is cleanly shaved or close-cropped.
     
  19. mojo pixy

    mojo pixy unquantifiable hazards

    A lot of men have way more body hair than just beards. So do a lot of women, for that matter.
     
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  20. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    beards do keep your face warm (and neck warm if you go full neck beard)
     
  21. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    Darwin himself was happy with the 'because women prefer it like this' explanation. Mrs D has not left her comments.
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  22. Idaho

    Idaho blah blah blah

    It's only a small minority of humans who can grow beards. Most Africans and East Asians can't really grow them.
     
  23. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist specter haunting

    kropotkin must have been fighting the ladies off
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  24. friedaweed

    friedaweed Sitting down for a wee

    Yup. Only yesterday I had two old ladies in Llandudno cuddling me for the extra warmth my beard provides me. :cool:
     
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  25. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow Seagulls and wasps are brilliant!

    You sure they didn't just catch on your beard in passing, like getting attached to velcro?
     
  26. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    he went full neck beard :cool:
     
  27. friedaweed

    friedaweed Sitting down for a wee

    I use a very select beard oil. It's called 'Granny Magnet'.
     
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  28. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Warning: posts may cause vasovagal presyncope

    Not "catch", "cwtch".
     
  29. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow Seagulls and wasps are brilliant!

    They also allow that all-important ability to look like you're carefully considering someone's tedious point by stroking your chin.
     
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  30. friedaweed

    friedaweed Sitting down for a wee

    It's quite nice to have a bearded theory thread :)
     

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