A new study suggests that evolution is making women progressively more beautiful. Though the same can’t be said of men:
In a study released last week, Markus Jokela, a researcher at the University of Helsinki, demonstrated that beautiful women had more children than their plainer counterparts and a higher proportion of those children were female.Those children also tended to be attractive and to repeat the pattern of having more female children once they became adults, according to the study.
The Times online reported that data was gathered in America, from 1,244 women and 997 men, who were followed over four decades.
As is common with these sorts of tests, they used photos to rate the attractiveness. Though one criticism that seems kind of obvious to me is in the study, pictures of women are presumably being rated based on modern standards of beauty. What is considered attractive today is not what was attractive hundreds of years ago. The standards have changed. Though perhaps if I take a closer look at the study I’ll find that this was taken into account somehow.
And given that I’m not exactly reading about this from serious science sources, I remain rather skeptical of this study.