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The Aryan beard signifies pugilistic honor

https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-evolution-human-origins/evolutionary-reason-beards-0013755

Study summary:
Beards are anti-punch blunt-force shock absorbers with 37% effectiveness.

My response:

Fur counters slashing damage first, blunt second, and piercing last. Cuts were deadlier before modern medicine. A beard armors the face and neck against cuts. With sweat lubrication, a beard makes blows slip and deflect rather than landing flush.

The conclusion that beards are evolved by sexual selection for fist-fighting is sound. However, the article focuses overmuch on the modern pugilistic KO, versus the much bloodier bareknuckle boxing. Slashing and sweaty slipping are more relevant than blunt damage via a piston into an anvil.

An ethnicity that lacks beards therefore did not evolve boxing to settle rivalries. American Indians, East Asians and some Africans are less hirsute, and generally lack a pugilistic culture. Of all races, the European's concept of honor is most heavily influenced by pugilism. Often Europeans do not understand that the concept of honor varies by race.

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