Naked Love: The Evolution of Human Hairlessness

  title={Naked Love: The Evolution of Human Hairlessness},
  author={James Giles},
  journal={Biological Theory},
  • James Giles
  • Published 1 December 2010
  • Psychology, Biology
  • Biological Theory
All primates except human beings have thick coats of body hair. This suggests the primate ancestors of human beings likewise had such body hair and that, for some evolutionary reason, lost their body hair. Various theories have been put forward but none is fully adequate. This article presents the “naked love theory.” This theory locates the origin of human hairlessness in the ancestral mother-infant relationship. In this view, hairlessness is ultimately the adaptive consequence of bipedalism… 
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