Anatomy of Beauty . Anatomy 5217 Richard Wassersug Fall, 2007. Symmetry. The Concept of Fluctuating Asymmetry a measure of developmental stability examples, breast asymmetry, pelvis, leg length, dancing styles Scoliosis, back pain Voice quality and symmetry Implication to fitness
Computer morphing and beauty—the more faces used to “morph” a common face, the more attractive the face is generally judged to be.
Hence, humanbeauty is closer to theaverage than to an extreme.
Under stabilizing natural selection, the averageindividual is likely to be the most fit.
With respect to human body proportions, the navel divides the body’s height at the Golden Mean. There are several other examples in the human face and body; e.g., ratio of phalangeal elements in human hand.
Also about where most people part their hair.
1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34…
Fibonacci numbers & the Golden Mean
Youthful —> high fecundity.
Virginal appearance/status —> assurance of paternity for male.
Waist to hip ratio —> esthetically most appealing ratio does have the highest fecundity.
Breast —> fat stores plus mammary glands
Fat reserves for fetus
Milk for young
Measures of strength
• Shoulder width, height
• Accentual jaws; which are important anatomical structures used in fighting and killing.
Pitch of voice
• Women and children: high pitch
• Men: low pitch
• Due to hormonal influences at puberty