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Twenty men and 19 women participated. "We had them fill out an activity questionnaire," Morris says, "and they had to score in the 'active' range. So, we weren't getting couch potatoes, we were getting people that were very fit and active."
But even with roughly uniform levels of fitness, the males' average power during a punching motion was 162% greater than females', with the least-powerful man still stronger than the most powerful woman. Such a distinction between genders, Carrier says, develops with time and with purpose.
"It evolves slowly," he says, "and this is a dramatic example of sexual dimorphism that's consistent with males becoming more specialized for fighting, and males fighting in a particular way, which is throwing punches."
originally posted by: Boadicea
originally posted by: watchitburn
a reply to: Bluntone22
If she's gonna swing like a dude, she better be prepared to get hit like a dude.
Indeed. But that's not what happened. If only he had returned like for like...
She smacked him with an open hand on the top of the head... He then punched her full force in the face with a closed fist.