Why does Santa have a beard but not Mrs Claus?

A beard might come in handy if ever Father Christmas got in a fight.

18th December 2015
Why does Santa have a beard but not Mrs Claus? (iStock)

Men grow facial hair because 
of the stimulatory effects of male hormones like testosterone. Professor Paul Sherman of Cornell University believes that it is likely that a beard’s colour and texture played a role in ‘sexual selection’, meaning beards were useful 
for attracting mates or intimidating 
rivals. A beard could cushion a man’s 
face against blows in a fight and hide scars from previous fights.

 


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