A Foxy View of Human Beauty: Implications of the Farm Fox Experiment for Understanding the Origins of Structural and Experiential Aspects of Facial Attractiveness

@article{Elia2013AFV,
  title={A Foxy View of Human Beauty: Implications of the Farm Fox Experiment for Understanding the Origins of Structural and Experiential Aspects of Facial Attractiveness},
  author={I. E. Elia},
  journal={The Quarterly Review of Biology},
  year={2013},
  volume={88},
  pages={163 - 183}
}
  • I. E. Elia
  • Published 23 August 2013
  • Psychology
  • The Quarterly Review of Biology
Within 20 years, experimental selection of quantified “not too aggressive, not too fearful” behavior to human approach was shown in silver foxes (Vulpes vulpes) to produce a neotenic package of traits in adults: ability to seek, induce, and sustain contact (called friendly or rapport behavior); relatively short limbs and foreshortened skull/face; and light pigmentation areas. Earlier sexual maturation, prolonged receptivity, and larger litters were also noted. The increased estradiol supporting… 

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