Photo: Symmetrical Bodies Are More Beautiful to Humans



Virtual wire-mesh models show typical male and female body shapes.

Using similar 3-D models with the heads removed, researchers found that symmetrical bodies are more appealing to the opposite sex and that traditionally masculine and feminine traits are tied to symmetry.

The scientists suggest in an August 2008 paper that humans may be hardwired to respond to body symmetry as a sign of biological fitness.

Image courtesy Lisa Naugle


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