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The Influence of Dancing on Mating Chances Explains a Lot [Video]

Being a good dancer shows a lot of desirable traits like coordination, fitness, and other things that were really important when large predators were a problem for humans.

Look, folks — I know we humans like to think there’s a lot more than just the bars on the cage separating us from our more primitive ancestors, but that’s just not the case sometimes. Case in point? Dancing. You can put all the intricate choreography and emotional involvement you want to into it, but at the end of the day, dancing got it’s start as a way for humans to get themselves laid — which it largely remains to this day, frankly.

Watching someone dance well is pleasurable, but more importantly, talent at dancing would have been a great signifier of physical health and fitness back in our less evolved days, and it remains one today. While being able to escape the jaws of a critter may no longer be the desirable trait in a mate it once was, the same aspects involved in that act — coordination, speed, fitness — remain big selling points for singles. That means that being able to get down with the best of them can still be key to finding a mate.

Sorry, but no one said evolution was fair, bad dancers. But it works. In fact, it works so well, it even keeps working after it probably should have stopped.

(via AsapSCIENCE)

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