Beauty and the beast: mechanisms of sexual selection in humans

@article{Puts2010BeautyAT,
  title={Beauty and the beast: mechanisms of sexual selection in humans},
  author={David A. Puts},
  journal={Evolution and Human Behavior},
  year={2010},
  volume={31},
  pages={157-175}
}
  • David A. Puts
  • Published 1 May 2010
  • Psychology
  • Evolution and Human Behavior

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