Why Women Like Their Men Tall

Study puts a new twist on Darwinism: survival of the tallest.

By Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

Some ladies just like themselves a big ol’ man. You know, a guy who towers above the rest and could easily defend your honor –- and himself -– in a bar fight.

But why? Why not a dainty Joe Pesci over hulking James Gandolfini?

Turns out, the bigger fellows make us think of our mucho macho ape-descendant ancestors who figured out if they stood up on two legs, they could punch the heck out of those shorter squatters, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. 

"The results of this study are consistent with the hypothesis that our ancestors took on bipedal posture so that males would be better at beating and killing each other when competing for females," University of Utah Professor David Carrier, whose team conducted the study, tells the newspaper.

"Standing up on their hind legs allowed our ancestors to fight with the strength of their forelimbs, making punching much more dangerous,” he adds. “It also provides a functional explanation for why women find tall men attractive.”

The study, reported in the online journal Public Library of Science ONE, looked at punches thrown by male boxers and martial arts pros, and found blows made from a standing position were much more forceful than those made while kneeling, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

So there it is. But don't worry, Joe; you still amuse us, and that's always attractive.

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First Published May 20, 2011

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