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Facial Dominance in Homo Sapiens as Honest Signaling of Male Quality

Mueller, U. and Mazur, A. (1998) Facial Dominance in Homo Sapiens as Honest Signaling of Male Quality. [Preprint]

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Abstract

For a cohort of military officers, graduates of the class of 1950 of the United States Military Academy at West Point, dominant facial appearance was a cosnistent and important predictor of rank attainment at the academy and - for those who graduated from staff college - for high final rank. For men performing below the average, however, dominant facial appearance was a handicap for promotion. High rank came with high fitness. Thus, facial dominance can be an evolutionarily stable honest signal of dominant behavior, a crucial dimension of the potential for high stastus in a male dominance hierarchy. These findings may apply also to civilian populations.

Item Type:Preprint
Keywords:facial dominance, homo sapiens, honest signaling, rank, reproductive success, status
Subjects:Psychology > Social Psychology
ID Code:696
Deposited By:Mueller, Ulrich
Deposited On:22 Jun 1998
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:54

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