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Women with feminine looks more likely to long for lots of kids

October 27, 2011 - London

Just looking at the features of a woman can reveal whether she is broody or not, a new study has suggested.

According to the St Andrews University researchers, women with feminine looks are more likely to long for lots of children, and the softer their features, the bigger the brood they have in mind.

It also suggested that men desperate to be dads should seek women with button noses, large eyes and full lips, as they are likely to want at least four children.

But those less keen on fatherhood would be better setting their sights on less delicate sorts, who may only be interested in having one child.

The scientists believe the female sex hormone, oestrogen, can explain their finding, with high levels making features softer and nurturing the maternal instinct.

"The more oestrogen they had, the more children they wanted. We were surprised to find such a strong result," the Daily Mail quoted Miriam Law Smith of St Andrews University's Perception Lab, as saying.

However, the study found facial features account for only about 20 per cent of a woman's family plans. Social factors, including upbringing and money, make up the rest.


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