Why Men Go Bald?



BALD-HEAD-MAN

Men go bald because prehistoric women preferred older men.

There are 193 species of monkeys and apes in the world today, but
only one of them is hairless: us. This unusual fact led anthropologist
Desmond Morris to come up with his famous phrase ‘the naked ape’. In
fact humans are not completely naked; we have several patches.of hair,
most notably on top of our heads. The average person has around 100,000
hairs on his or her head, although blondes have finer, more numerous
hairs, while redheads have the thinnest hair.

On average you can expect to drop about 62 of these hairs every day,
but you can also expect to grow about the same number of new ones. As
you get older this cycle of loss and regrowth changes: hairs are lost
more quickly while new ones grow more slowly. For a sizeable minority of
the population, almost all of them male, the cycle stops completely and
lost hairs are never replaced. The naked ape becomes the bald ape.

One in six men go bald, while one in twenty has a receding hairline by the time of his 21st birthday. Why is this?

Baldness seems to be genetically determined: you inherit baldness
from your father or grandfathers. If we have genes for baldness, we must
have them for a reason, otherwise they would have been weeded out by
evolution. But what possible evolutionary advantage could come from
baldness?

A bald statement

Sociobiologists Frank Muscarella and Michael Cunningham have
discovered that women associate bald men with greater social maturity,
wisdom and calmness, and this fits with the general stereotype in our
society linking baldness and wisdom. Muscarella and Cunningham suggest
that some of our apewomen ancestors found these ‘bald’ qualities more
attractive than the immature aggressiveness of younger, hairier apemen,
and this explains why baldness not only survived but thrived.

Culled from Why?: Answers to everyday scientific questions

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hummmmm truth and educative keep it up

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