Is the Pill giving geeks an unfair chance? - The Globe and Mail
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“Women prefer good genes during ovulation and good dads when they're not ovulating,” Dr. Alvergne said.
During ovulation, women prefer men with symmetrical, masculine features. These men are aggressive, compete with other men, and in some cases exhibit “creative intelligence,” write the authors. More importantly, their major histocompatibility complex genes – the ones that build our immune systems – are considerably unlike the individual woman's. According to earlier research, being attracted to a person with a different immune system is advantageous because the baby will inherit a larger arsenal to combat disease.
But during the infertile phase, women appear to prefer men who are more genetically similar to their relatives. Others opt for men who exhibit more “feminine” characteristics and have the means to invest in child rearing, Dr. Alvergne said.
The researchers say this dual strategy allowed ancestral women to “maximize their reproductive success.”
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