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Human faces evolved to be recognizable

By T.K. Randall
September 17, 2014 · Comment icon 16 comments

Humans used facial recognition to identify one another. Image Credit: sxc.hu
Scientists have conducted an extensive new study in to the uniqueness of human facial features.
Researchers at the University of California used a US Army database to perform a comparison of facial traits such as forehead-chin distance and nose width against physical traits from other parts of the body such as forearm length and waist height.

The team concluded that humans have evolved more varied and unique facial features because, unlike most animals, we rely on sight rather than smell to help us identify individuals.
"Humans are phenomenally good at recognising faces; there is a part of the brain specialized for that," said behavioral ecologist Michael Sheehan who co-authored the research.

"Our study now shows that humans have been selected to be unique and easily recognisable. It is clearly beneficial for me to recognise others, but also beneficial for me to be recognisable."

"Otherwise, we would all look more similar."

Source: Independent | Comments (16)




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Comment icon #7 Posted by Odin11 10 years ago
QUOTE- "Our study now shows that humans have been selected to be unique and easily recognisable." . selected by whom i wonder..... . Ourselves.
Comment icon #8 Posted by shrooma 10 years ago
QUOTE- "Our study now shows that humans have been selected to be unique and easily recognisable." . selected by whom i wonder..... . Ourselves. . evolution doesn't work like that. only plastic surgery does..... .
Comment icon #9 Posted by taniwha 10 years ago
And how confusing would it be if everyone in the world was called John?
Comment icon #10 Posted by spartan max2 10 years ago
ffs, well duh. Thats like saying" a new study shows that humans evolved to have two hands" Obviously we know this because we have two hands. We already know what we evolved to be able to do and have do to the fact we do it and have it .....
Comment icon #11 Posted by Odin11 10 years ago
. evolution doesn't work like that. only plastic surgery does..... . I almost spelt it out, but I figured people would understand. I guess I was wrong. By saying ourselves, I mean past humans selected who they mated with. Just like when peahens select only peacocks that have the nicest tails, humans selected those with unique and easily recognizable faces.
Comment icon #12 Posted by shrooma 10 years ago
I almost spelt it out, . what, the difference between selectED, and selectING.... ? . I guess I was wrong. . yup. .
Comment icon #13 Posted by Odin11 10 years ago
what, the difference between selectED, and selectING.... ? yup. It's pretty obvious that the quote you quoted was talking about evolutionary selection and that I meant sexual selection by saying ourselves.
Comment icon #14 Posted by shrooma 10 years ago
It's pretty obvious that the quote you quoted was talking about evolutionary selection . nah man, i quoted the quote i quoted (hang on a sec while i read that back to myself..... yup, seems ok....) because, for a man with Letters after his name, his choice of words sucks, and words are more important than letters! (the ones after his name must be LsD.....) .
Comment icon #15 Posted by highdesert50 10 years ago
Perhaps more likely humans evolved the ability to better recognize the nuances of facial expression to better facilitate non-verbal communication ... an elemental survival skill.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Rlyeh 10 years ago
QUOTE- "Our study now shows that humans have been selected to be unique and easily recognisable." . selected by whom i wonder..... . Selective breeding?


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