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A new study has been released that implies that men have evolved over thousands of years to be able to take a punch to the face better. Is this implying that Dana White is correct and that fighting is in our DNA? I’m really not sure about that, but I am sure that this study is pretty interesting.
The bones most commonly broken in human punch-ups also gained the most strength in early “hominin” evolution.
They are also the bones that show most divergence between males and females.
The paper, in the journal Biological Reviews, argues that the reinforcements evolved amid fighting over females and resources, suggesting that violence drove key evolutionary changes.
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Fossil records show that the australopiths, immediate predecessors of the human genus Homo, had strikingly robust facial structures.
Maybe this is why we are so fascinated with fighting and why men and women have such distinct facial features? It’s interesting to imagine that men evolved to get punched in the face, which makes boxing, MMA, Kickboxing and everything else make a lot more sense. [source]