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THE CUTENESS FACTOR
Betty C wrote...
> in MAMMALS the juvenile face is preadapted for cuteness. That is -
> large eyes and snubby snout. This triggeres nurtering behavior.
> These facial proportions grow out/become the adult morph usually
> within the first year (us humans are genetically deficient in this)
With all due respect to those who keep touting the 'baby face'
argument (viz, that cute short faces in juveniles elicit a parental
care response), it is rubbish. Look at baby lizards and even
some fishes, in which the babies have short skulls, big eyes and snub
noses - all the hallmarks of the juvenile baby-face - yet do not
necessarily enjoy post-hatching parental care. I would also regard
baby megapodes as 'cute', yet their parents have no interest in them
whatsoever as post-hatched entities, and in fact are thoroughly
nasty to them.
Fact is, baby faces elicit a parental care response in PRIMATES,
hence our bias that all baby-faced juveniles need looking after.
".. as slowly but surely, they drew their plans against us"