Chickens Actually Prefer People Who Are Hot

Sex is complicated.

So the most curious animals on earth - human beings - are determined to get to the bottom of sexual signals.

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A study unearthed from back in 2004 by one of our astute editors shows that chickens share the same crushes as college students.

Perhaps that merits a little explanation. See, researchers were trying to decide between two theories about why we're attracted to this person and not that one.

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The first theory is that we're attracted based on the sexual signals a potential mate is giving us.

The second theory, a little less popular, was that our attraction comes from our very own bodies telling us whom to prefer - down to our very nerves.

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Researchers thought that if they could prove that even chickens gravitated toward beautiful human faces, that would be a win for the second theory: that part of our preference comes from something inherent in us that seeks the most fit partner.

And, indeed, that's what they found. The chickens preferred the same faces that a group of college students decided were hotter than other options.

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Does the finding inform the research about sex and attraction? Perhaps.

Does it show that inside every seemingly normal chicken is a refined aesthetic taste?

We'd certainly like to think so.

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"Ours is of course a preliminary study," the report concluded.

Read the full, surprisingly complex report here.