Do Unattractive Friends Make You Look Better?
Professor Andrea Pilastro, Dept of Biology, University of Padova, Italy,
Yesterday was Valentine's Day. And if you have a husband, a wife, a partner - any kind of "significant other" - we hope you had a great time together...!
But if you DIDN'T have a partner last night, and you were feeling a little left out ........ well, maybe you are going about the whole "mating game" in the wrong way!
If new research from Italy is to be believed, you might be better off being surrounded with uglier versions of yourself!. You know.... Just to make yourself look better looking to the OPPOSITE sex. After all, ugliness.... Beauty... These are all relative concepts.
So if you're a man, and you're single, and you want to do something about it...... go and befriend the least attractive members of your own sex!
Seemingly, this is a tried and trusted method used by a particular type of fish: the Guppy. And evidence of this behaviour was detected by The Sexual Selection Group from the Department of Biology at the University of Padova, in northern Italy.
The research was headed by Professor Andrea Pilastro, Dept of Biology, University of Padova, Italy, and he joins the gang to discuss.