How come, at some point in our evolutionary history, we lost most of our body hair but men retained (or acquired) facial hair?
We all pretty much have the same logical first thought – it’s to keep our faces warm. And why is facial hair generally sparser in some northern populations (like northern Asia)?
The first thought that came to mind was that men grew beards to stay warm during the winter. As it happens…Numerous studies have been done over the years about how people respond to beards.It is only recently that our cultures have worshiped a “cult of youth”, lauding teen celebrities, teen pregnancies, and teen issues–thus, why most men are clean shaven today.The majority of those interviewed considered the bearded men to have more important social standings in their cultures compared to the baby-faced men. As you age, you get more things done in life, form more relationships and partnerships, earn more wealth, and acquire more power and authority. Clean-shaven boys, who have not yet grown beards, have not had the time to gain wealth and social standing–and so most people think the beardless have a lower social status. All your enemy has to do is pull on your beard to hurt you, and perhaps even kill you.The beard displays a threat or dominance to other men. The beard advertises something positive that attracts women.So the question has been reduced to the age-old gender war - are beards meant to impress men or women?