STUDY: Time To Shave Your Beard and Cut Off Your Man Bun

According to a new study, the “showy” facial hair of primates — including humans — may also be a sign of small balls. The study, “Sexual ornaments but not weapons trade off against testes size in primates,” published this month in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, compares beards to other signs of virility in primates, including large noses, hair capes and red chest patches for respective species. Hair is considered an “ornament” — an outward display of masculinity — and testes a “weapon,” a way to actually sexually compete with other males in the species by reproduction.

  • Is your long hair and beard there just to compensate for other shortcomings?



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