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Originally posted by karen61057
reply to post by fluff007
Which is why I always say thats the reason God gives you babies when they are small and helpless and cute. If they came as teenagers no one would keep them!
Originally posted by OhZone
There must be more to it than being "cute", or having a flat face.
Animals are affected by this mothering/protecive feelings toward infants of other species than their own.
It is not uncommon to find cross-species adoptions.
When I was growing up we had a toy fox terrier that wanted to mother the baby chicks that we bought.
"We are inherently attracted to a specific set of characteristics, including large, symmetrical heads, large eyes, small mouths and small noses," according to Jeffrey Kurland, associate professor of biological anthropology and human development. But why do almost all humans find this particular set of features so appealing?
Kurland said the answer lies in evolution. According to Darwin, individuals of a given species will exhibit a new trait if that trait provides a survival advantage, boosting an organism's chances of living to see sexual maturity and successfully reproduce. But what does evolutionary fitness have to do with being cute?
Originally posted by fluff007
its a natural thing... one that could determine the fate of the baby... if it looks all cute and cuddly then the mother will nuture and love the baby... whereas if its sick or deformed the mother might be less compelled to look after it, as its not strong and probably wont survive
Why isn't this still happening now? Why do human mothers now care about their sick and/or deformed child if they never used to? Why would people suddenly develop these modern morals within the last few thousand years?