The Australian Humanist 109 (109):7 (2013)

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Elliott-Kleerkoper, Marietta It was Charles Darwin who first proposed an evolutionary theory of beauty. He surmised that art fulfilled two evolutionary functions. In respect of general selection, beauty is related to fitness. It also plays a part in sexual selection: the female selects the male on the basis of aesthetic criteria: think, for example, of the peacock's tail, the bowerbird's nest
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