Human nakedness: adaptation against ectoparasites?

  title={Human nakedness: adaptation against ectoparasites?},
  author={Markus J. Rantala},
  journal={International journal for parasitology},
  volume={29 12},
Homo sapiens L. has been described as the naked ape, and this nakedness undoubtedly constitutes one of the most striking differences in appearance between man and the apes. Nakedness has been attributed at various times to sexual selection [1], aquatic stage [2], hunting [3], cooling [4], sex [5], neoteny [6] and allometry [7], most proposed explanations logically revealing some aspect of the phenomenon. However, most fail to account for the distinctiveness of man's hairlessness among mammals… CONTINUE READING
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