Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Is Beauty a Darwinian Trait?

It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when the public-at-large think abut Darwinian evolutionary traits that promote survival of the fittest, but is beauty a bona fide survival tactic of all biological organisms?

By Ringo Bones

Beauty and being beautiful might seem trivial and namby-pamby when one talks about Darwinian evolutionary traits that promote survival of the species, but believe it or not, looking good could be nature's ultimate survival tactic.

Have you noticed that beautiful biological organisms - the ones everyone tends to admire most - tends to be the healthiest and fittest representatives of their species? I mean does the peacock waste all that effort growing a gorgeous tail without it being a beacon signifying his health and ability to reproduce healthy offspring?

The not-so-scientifically enlightened may say the jury is still out, but even in the complexities of human culture, beauty does serve a very big role in one's ability to find a long-term partner to start a stable family unit. For all intents and purposes, beauty might as well be a Darwinian survival trait.

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