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Why do humans only have significant amounts of hair on their head, armpits, and pubic area?

 
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Why do humans only have significant amounts of hair on their head, armpits, and pubic area?
Anyone have any theories?
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Re: Why do humans only have significant amounts of hair on their head, armpits, and pubic area?
Google the aquatic ape theory.
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06/18/2007 10:09 PM
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Re: Why do humans only have significant amounts of hair on their head, armpits, and pubic area?
show you public areas to the public!
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06/18/2007 10:12 PM
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Re: Why do humans only have significant amounts of hair on their head, armpits, and pubic area?
That's just it, they're "significant", so that's why they're there. I think a better question is, why do we have an appendix?
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Re: Why do humans only have significant amounts of hair on their head, armpits, and pubic area?
quick outline of the aquatic ape theory:

humans adapted to shallow warm-water ecological niche which buffers cataclysmic weather and temp changes, and which provides a safe-zone from other animal predators.

water is a sanctuary from land predators, land is a sanctuary from water predators, humans adapted to this intermediate zone

human babies have a layer of body fat under their skin like water mammals, unlike other apes

humans have nostrils that point down creating an air lock when totally submerged, most other primates don't

lots of hair on the head protects against sun and temps, public hair retains sexual fluids.
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Re: Why do humans only have significant amounts of hair on their head, armpits, and pubic area?
public = pubic hiding
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Re: Why do humans only have significant amounts of hair on their head, armpits, and pubic area?
quick outline of the aquatic ape theory:

humans adapted to shallow warm-water ecological niche which buffers cataclysmic weather and temp changes, and which provides a safe-zone from other animal predators.

water is a sanctuary from land predators, land is a sanctuary from water predators, humans adapted to this intermediate zone

human babies have a layer of body fat under their skin like water mammals, unlike other apes

humans have nostrils that point down creating an air lock when totally submerged, most other primates don't

lots of hair on the head protects against sun and temps, public hair retains sexual fluids.
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What about the armpits? Why do they smell so bad. Could it be a natural defense?
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06/18/2007 10:49 PM
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Re: Why do humans only have significant amounts of hair on their head, armpits, and pubic area?
What about the armpits? Why do they smell so bad. Could it be a natural defense?
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Nope, it's a sexual attractant.

[link to www.salon.com]

There have been several more recent stories about this in the news as well.
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Re: Why do humans only have significant amounts of hair on their head, armpits, and pubic area?
Caffeine would be a good reason for smelly armpits. If a person was to eat only fruits and vegetables and cut out caffeine, there would be no smell.

As for hair in certain places, it's for protection. There must be geneticists back there.
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06/18/2007 10:55 PM
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Re: Why do humans only have significant amounts of hair on their head, armpits, and pubic area?
That's just it, they're "significant", so that's why they're there. I think a better question is, why do we have an appendix?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 180383

The appendix is used to filter viruses, but science hasn't figured out this (and a lot of other things) yet. A better question is: why do men have mammary glands in their breasts? (Well the answer is because we used to be a single species, integrated male female, until we were separated by genetic engineering).
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Re: Why do humans only have significant amounts of hair on their head, armpits, and pubic area?
Before a disease changed my DNA, my armpits never stunk. Now they stink like shit even after a shower.
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06/18/2007 11:27 PM
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Re: Why do humans only have significant amounts of hair on their head, armpits, and pubic area?
you are all ignorant. no one answered op.

op, it is because these are sensible areas for the circulation of the blood and blood needs heat.
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06/18/2007 11:29 PM
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Re: Why do humans only have significant amounts of hair on their head, armpits, and pubic area?
personally, i think humans have an INsignificant amount of hair on their head, armpits, and pubic area.

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Re: Why do humans only have significant amounts of hair on their head, armpits, and pubic area?
its a scam by the razor industry to sell more razors & shaving cream & dildos & whatnots.
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Re: Why do humans only have significant amounts of hair on their head, armpits, and pubic area?
OP, I'm pretty sure it's evolution.

The hair eventually got lost where it wasn't needed any longer.

The genital area, I would imagine, is still at risk.
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Re: Why do humans only have significant amounts of hair on their head, armpits, and pubic area?
I have pondered this too... what is hair doing under my armpits? What purpose does that serve? And why do we get such pretty hair that never stops growing on our heads, but all the other hairs stop at a certain length? Like fur? And why the hell is it curly. Animal's fur isn't curly.
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Re: Why do humans only have significant amounts of hair on their head, armpits, and pubic area?
What about the armpits? Why do they smell so bad. Could it be a natural defense?

Nope, it's a sexual attractant.

[link to www.salon.com]

There have been several more recent stories about this in the news as well.
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No wonder my gf likes the smell of my pits. 5a
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Re: Why do humans only have significant amounts of hair on their head, armpits, and pubic area?
The bugs need a place to live.
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Re: Why do humans only have significant amounts of hair on their head, armpits, and pubic area?
I have pondered this too... what is hair doing under my armpits? What purpose does that serve? And why do we get such pretty hair that never stops growing on our heads, but all the other hairs stop at a certain length? Like fur? And why the hell is it curly. Animal's fur isn't curly.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 235827

I know a girl with pussy hair as straight as the hair on her head.





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