An observation of evolution: cuteness
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25-10-2012, 08:38 AM
An observation of evolution: cuteness
So, I started thinking about this the other day at the zoo. Cuteness... what makes an animal "cute"?

Some of the things I noticed about the general human perception of animal cuteness is that the closer the animal is to us in the evolutionary chain, the cuter we think it is.

Almost any mammal can be considered "cute".
Next, birds.
Then fish.
Then reptiles.
The amphibians.
Then invertebrates.

Why is this?

Are we wired to more attracted to animals that are more closely related to us?

I mean think about it... almost anyone would say that dolphin is "cuter" than any fish. Is it because mammals can express more emotions? Can smile? Can look sad?

What is it?

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25-10-2012, 08:52 AM
RE: An observation of evolution: cuteness
I have noticed that... especially with the young offspring of animals.

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25-10-2012, 08:52 AM
RE: An observation of evolution: cuteness
(25-10-2012 08:38 AM)kingschosen Wrote:  So, I started thinking about this the other day at the zoo. Cuteness... what makes an animal "cute"?

Some of the things I noticed about the general human perception of animal cuteness is that the closer the animal is to us in the evolutionary chain, the cuter we think it is.

Almost any mammal can be considered "cute".
Next, birds.
Then fish.
Then reptiles.
The amphibians.
Then invertebrates.

Why is this?

Are we wired to more attracted to animals that are more closely related to us?

I mean think about it... almost anyone would say that dolphin is "cuter" than any fish. Is it because mammals can express more emotions? Can smile? Can look sad?

What is it?

There are tons of studies about this in Psychology and related fields, (Marketing?)
"Cuteness" induces the caretaking response.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuteness
So, I suppose you're right. The closer the perceived animal is to us, the stronger the response would be.

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25-10-2012, 09:05 AM
RE: An observation of evolution: cuteness
KITTIES!!!!!!!!!


It is the emotional attachment and potential for a relationship bond. We are drawn in as social creatures. What about the ones that are so ugly they are cute?

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25-10-2012, 09:32 AM
An observation of evolution: cuteness
It's so you won't eat them.

LJ, you've been warned about spamming the forum with kittehs. Proceed at your own risk.

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25-10-2012, 09:39 AM
RE: An observation of evolution: cuteness
Proof you are wrong...

Asian girls are cuter than Western girls therefore, it is not closeness in evolutionary terms, it's closeness in proximity (familiarity).

(and no, Erx, it does not stop me eating them!)

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25-10-2012, 09:44 AM
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(25-10-2012 09:39 AM)DLJ Wrote:  Proof you are wrong...

Asian girls are cuter than Western girls therefore, it is not closeness in evolutionary terms, it's closeness in proximity (familiarity).

(and no, Erx, it does not stop me eating them!)

Did you just call women "animals"?

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25-10-2012, 09:45 AM
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(25-10-2012 09:32 AM)Erxomai Wrote:  It's so you won't eat them.

LJ, you've been warned about spamming the forum with kittehs. Proceed at your own risk.

Kitties are relevant and necessary here. In fact, the threads should be linked.
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25-10-2012, 09:45 AM
An observation of evolution: cuteness
(25-10-2012 09:39 AM)DLJ Wrote:  Proof you are wrong...

Asian girls are cuter than Western girls therefore, it is not closeness in evolutionary terms, it's closeness in proximity (familiarity).

(and no, Erx, it does not stop me eating them!)

You make a strong argument. Drinking Beverage

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25-10-2012, 10:01 AM
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(25-10-2012 09:44 AM)kingschosen Wrote:  
(25-10-2012 09:39 AM)DLJ Wrote:  Proof you are wrong...

Asian girls are cuter than Western girls therefore, it is not closeness in evolutionary terms, it's closeness in proximity (familiarity).

(and no, Erx, it does not stop me eating them!)

Did you just call women "animals"?

Blink

Well that would be my preferred type... hot blooded, mammalian, often with claws.

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