Stabilizing and directional selection on facial paedomorphosis

@article{Wehr2001StabilizingAD,
  title={Stabilizing and directional selection on facial paedomorphosis},
  author={Paul Wehr and K. Macdonald and Rhoda Lindner and G. Yeung},
  journal={Human Nature},
  year={2001},
  volume={12},
  pages={383-402}
}
Averageness is purportedly the result of stabilizing selection maintaining the population mean, whereas facial paedomorphosis is a product of directional selection driving the population mean towards an increasingly juvenile appearance. If selection is predominantly stabilizing, intermediate phenotypes reflect high genetic quality and mathematically average faces should be found attractive. If, on the other hand, directional selection is strong enough, extreme phenotypes reflect high genetic… Expand

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