PFLÜGER, Lena S., Elisabeth OBERZAUCHER, Stanislav KATINA, I.J. HOLZLEITNER and K. GRAMMER. Cues to fertility: perceived attractiveness and facial shape predict reproductive success. Evolution and Human Behaviour. Elsevier, 2012, vol. 33, No 6, p. 708–714. ISSN 1090-5138. doi:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2012.05.005.
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Original name Cues to fertility: perceived attractiveness and facial shape predict reproductive success.
Authors PFLÜGER, Lena S. (40 Austria), Elisabeth OBERZAUCHER (40 Austria), Stanislav KATINA (703 Slovakia, guarantor, belonging to the institution), I.J. HOLZLEITNER (40 Austria) and K. GRAMMER (40 Austria).
Edition Evolution and Human Behaviour, Elsevier, 2012, 1090-5138.
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Original language English
Type of outcome Article in a journal
Field of Study 10103 Statistics and probability
Country of publisher United States of America
Confidentiality degree is not subject to a state or trade secret
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Impact factor Impact factor: 3.946
RIV identification code RIV/00216224:14310/12:00063908
Organization unit Faculty of Science
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2012.05.005
UT WoS 000310668700012
Keywords in English Facial attractiveness; Facial shape; Reproductive success; Fluctuating asymmetry; Geometric morphometrics
Tags AKR, rivok
Tags International impact, Reviewed
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Abstract
Attractive facial features in women are assumed to signal fertility, but whether facial attractiveness predicts reproductive success in women is still a matter of debate. We investigated the association between facial attractiveness at young adulthood and reproductive life history - number of children and pregnancies - in women of a rural community. For the analysis of reproductive success, we divided the sample into women who used contraceptives and women who did not. Introducing two-dimensional geometric morphometric methodology, we analysed which specific characteristics in facial shape drive the assessment of attractiveness and covary with lifetime reproductive success. A set of 93 (semi)landmarks was digitized as two-dimensional coordinates in postmenopausal faces. We calculated the degree of fluctuating asymmetry and regressed facial shape on facial attractiveness at youth and reproductive success. Among women who never used hormonal contraceptives, we found attractive women to have more biological offspring than less attractive women. These findings are not affected by sociodemographic variables. Postmenopausal faces corresponding to high reproductive success show more feminine features - facial characteristics previously assumed to be honest cues to fertility. Our findings support the notion that facial attractiveness at the age of mate choice predicts reproductive success and that facial attractiveness is based on facial characteristics, which seem to remain stable until postmenopausal age.
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