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Brains over beauty? Biologist says men want intelligence over large busts

Surveys prove that a man looks for intelligence in the potential mother of his children

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Despite the belief that beauty trumps brains in a man’s search for his ideal woman, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Cambridge is claiming that intelligence is the most important factor in what attracts a man to his long term partner.

According to Professor David Bainbridge, surveys prove that men look for intelligence in the potential mother of his children because it gives her the ability to raise them well, the Telegraph quoted the researcher as saying.

“The main thing that men are looking for is intelligence. Surveys have shown time and time again that this is the first thing that men look for. It shows that she will be able to look after his children and that her parents were probably intelligent as well, suggesting that she was raised well,” he said, according to the newspaper.

“Breast size doesn’t matter,” he told the Hay Festival, refuting the stereotype that men are only interested in large busts. “Actually large breasts are more likely to be asymmetric and men are more attracted to symmetry. And they look older more quickly, and men value youth.

“And men are not looking for long legs. Straight legs are a sign of genetic health so that is something that is more attractive, but surveys have shown most men prefer regular length.”

The desire for a curvy bodied woman could be more than skin deep, the researcher suggested, saying more weight on the thighs and bottom area suggests that the woman had stored enough fat to transfer them to her growing baby.