Women Have Been Falling for Brad Pitt Types for 2.6M Years

Rules of attraction haven't changed much
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Aug 25, 2007 10:42 AM CDT
Brad Pitt listens at a news conference with Global Green USA at an environmentally friendly house under construction in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The facial proportions of the average hot guy haven't changed much throughout human  evolutionary history, finds a new study that compares contemporary human skulls with skulls from 2.6 million years ago. Women have been selecting for males with short, broad faces—think Brad Pitt and Will Smith—since the dawn of man, and chimps do the same.

Facial symmetry and masculinity have been found to play a central role in the rules of attraction, but proportionality is a first, LiveScience reports. "We have found that the distance between the lip and brow was probably immensely important to what made us attractive in the past," said the leading researcher. But the scientists are still trying to figure out why.