Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Babies don't look like Fathers

A recent study found that while most moms say that their baby looks like its father, independent observers do not agree. The researchers speculated that perhaps the mothers had evolved this strategy of deceiving the fathers in order to convince the fathers of their paternity and ensure that they would stick around to help raise the baby. That's an interesting theory, but it seems more likely to me that it is just a cultural thing. I don't think the women are intentionally deceiving the dads -- they are probably just trying to be nice and don't want the dads to feel left out. And it probably is partly to help the dad's be able to relate to the child so that they will be more likely to help out, but I don't think Darwin has anything to with it.

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