Newborns clearly resemble their mothers, but many of them claim that the baby resembles the father, under the influence of unconscious manipulation aimed at defending the child when he is vulnerable, according to French scientists at the Center national scientific research.
The baby's face shows "relative paternal anonymity", which puts them at risk of possible doubts about paternity at an age when father protection is essential for survival, they note. This protection is reinforced by mothers, who see the father's features in the child, leading the fathers themselves to appreciate that the baby resembles them.
This similarity, which is reversed in most boys around the age of 2-3 years, seems to result from a genetic evolution of the species, say Alexandra Alvergne, Charlotte Faurie and Michel Raymond.
November 14, 2006
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