Puppy love

Good Health (Australia) - - Be Informed -

There’s an evo­lu­tion­ary rea­son why we find pup­pies so cute. Re­searchers from Ari­zona State Uni­ver­sity’s ca­nine-sci­ence lab­o­ra­tory found that it’s no ac­ci­dent that peo­ple con­sis­tently rate pup­pies as most at­trac­tive when they’re six to eightweeks-old: it aligns with a cru­cial de­vel­op­men­tal mile­stone. At around eight weeks, moth­ers stop nurs­ing their pup­pies, and once pup­pies are weaned, they rely on hu­mans for sur­vival. Evo­lu­tion comes into play so that when pup­pies need us most, we’re most likely to find them ir­re­sistible.

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