Newborn babies look like their fathers

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Newborns Who Look Like Their Dads Have a Surprising Benefit, Study Shows

Bressan added that, to the best of her knowledge, "no study has either replicated or supported" the finding that babies preferentially resemble their fathers. But the babies' mothers tend to say just the opposite, emphasizing the child's resemblance to the father. That, too, has a possible evolutionary explanation, according to D. McLain and his colleagues even speculated that evolutionary pressures may have actually reduced the amount of paternal resemblance in newborns, thus ensuring that a putative father will care for a child even if the father has been cuckolded.

How dads affect their newborn babies

That both high and low degrees of paternal resemblance have ready explanations highlights one of the challenges in linking subtle human features to changes that played out over millions of years of evolution. John Matson is a former reporter and editor for Scientific American who has written extensively about astronomy and physics.

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Read more from this special report: The Science of Fatherhood. John Matson John Matson is a former reporter and editor for Scientific American who has written extensively about astronomy and physics. Get smart.