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Men Have Evolved To Choose Young Wives
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-29-2007

Posted on 08/28/2007 7:26:47 PM PDT by blam

Men have evolved to choose young wives

Last Updated: 12:01am BST 29/08/2007

There is a 25 year age gap between Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas

Men have evolved to seek wives and girlfriends who are younger than they are to maximise their chances of reproducing, researchers have found.

Couples are most likely to have a greater number of children if the man is about six years older.

A team from Vienna University studied more than 11,600 Swedish men and women, aged 45-55, and their partners and found that relationships in which the man was six years older than the woman produced the most children - an average of 2.2.

Women placed more emphasis on resources and status - leading them typically to choose older men.

Martin Fieder, who led the team and whose research was published online by the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, said: "These findings may account for the phenomenon that men typically prefer and mate with women younger than themselves, whereas women usually desire and mate with men older than themselves.

"We conclude that the age preference for the partner increases individual fitness of both men and women and may thus be an evolutionarily acquired trait."

When the team examined those who had changed partners after the birth of their first child they found men ended up with women younger than their first choice, while women chose men who were younger than their first partner but still a little older than themselves.

Mr Fieder said: "These findings support the reported age preferences of ageing men for increasingly younger women as well as of women for a partner just a little older than themselves.

"We attribute the shift to a younger partner to a potential compensation for the fertility loss caused by the individuals' increasing age."


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KEYWORDS: birthrate; evolved; men; wives; young
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To: stinkerpot65

Thanks for the joke! A good one!


61 posted on 08/29/2007 12:24:05 AM PDT by wanderin
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To: TASMANIANRED

35 years.


62 posted on 08/29/2007 3:41:17 AM PDT by Perdogg (Cheney for President 2008)
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To: DoughtyOne
"... women have evolved to make their own choices ..."

Evolved, my foot. The very first woman made her own choice. Adam didn't tell her to eat the forbidden fruit, she chose to eat it on her own. Well, with a little persuasion from a snake, that is. But no one made her do it.

63 posted on 08/29/2007 4:07:40 AM PDT by TruthSetsUFree
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To: Michael.SF.

All I did was alter your 2nd line and add an old punchline to it.


64 posted on 08/29/2007 5:34:24 AM PDT by G Larry (Only strict constructionists on the Supreme Court!)
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To: TruthSetsUFree

I stand corrected. :-)


65 posted on 08/29/2007 3:20:13 PM PDT by DoughtyOne ((Victory will never be achieved while defining Conservatism downward, and forsaking its heritage.))
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To: NonValueAdded

Michael Douglas never did deserve the future ex-Mrs. quark anyway...


66 posted on 08/29/2007 3:24:43 PM PDT by quark
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To: blam
Women placed more emphasis on resources and status money.

There, fixed it.

67 posted on 08/29/2007 3:26:26 PM PDT by unixfox (The 13th Amendment Abolished Slavery, The 16th Amendment Reinstated It !)
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To: blam

Isn’t the age diff between Fred and Jeri the same as CZJ and Douglas?


68 posted on 08/29/2007 3:30:37 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: blam

This is not because of “evolution”.

It is the case among very rich men.

When was the last time you heard of some poor shnook marrying a beautiful woman 25+ years his junior?


69 posted on 08/29/2007 3:34:15 PM PDT by Cincinna (HILLARY & HER HINO :: Keep the Arkansas Grifters out of the White house.)
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To: Cincinna
I once observed a feller a good number of years older than his lovely young companion. Sitting at a high end bar.

She appeared to be fawning over him much to his delight.

I got a chance to ask him why such a scenario was taking place.

He told me “I’m not really this tall, I’m sitting on my wallet."

That size thing seems to evolve with age...

70 posted on 08/29/2007 4:16:35 PM PDT by Syncro
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To: cubswinby100; donmeaker
And you’ll probably find some two bit bimbo if you have money to marry you and then leave her for some tramp with an IQ below her dress size.

If he's lucky. :-)

71 posted on 08/29/2007 4:21:14 PM PDT by lowbridge ("We control this House, not the parliamentarians! -Congressman Steny Hoyer (D))
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To: lowbridge

LOL you dog you


72 posted on 08/29/2007 5:12:25 PM PDT by Syncro
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To: Cincinna
I guess this “evolution” explains why men are more often statutory rapists than are women? The chasing after youth...
73 posted on 08/29/2007 6:25:56 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Calvin Locke

The difference is she was supposed to be like a DAUGHTER to her!!!! ewwwwww


74 posted on 08/30/2007 7:23:12 AM PDT by Shimmer128
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To: Shimmer128

I mean HIM. like a daughter to him. still ewww though.


75 posted on 08/30/2007 7:23:53 AM PDT by Shimmer128
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To: blam

huh!
hubby is 6 yrs. older than me. 7 kids.


76 posted on 08/30/2007 7:27:27 AM PDT by Scotswife
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To: lowbridge

My first wife was Summa Cum Laude, and is a physican assistant. My second wife is a best selling author.

I don’t have a girlfriend at present. But when I marry, I pick ‘em pretty well.

I figure marriage is now mostly for gay people.


77 posted on 08/31/2007 7:53:32 PM PDT by donmeaker (You may not be interested in War but War is interested in you.)
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To: ken21; blam; Xenalyte; Gabz; Slip18; secret garden

Oh come on now, do we really need a fancy study?

The (somewhat sarcastic) rejoinder is:

Men go after (look for and date) the prettiest woman they can get.
Women go after (accept dates, go out with, and marry) the wealthiest man they can attract.


78 posted on 08/31/2007 7:57:46 PM PDT by Robert A Cook PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Cincinna; Syncro

See my (somewhat sarcastic) summary in nbr 78. compliments your findings, doesn’t it? 8<)


79 posted on 08/31/2007 7:59:34 PM PDT by Robert A Cook PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE; coolbreeze; ken21; blam; Xenalyte; Gabz; Slip18; secret garden
Women go after (accept dates, go out with, and marry) the wealthiest man they can attract.

I guess I'm not too good in the attracting business because my husband has always claimed any woman interested in him for his money did not have high expectations.

80 posted on 08/31/2007 8:10:50 PM PDT by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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