Facial attractiveness and quality of semen do not go hand in hand, according to a new study.
The researchers do not have an explanation for their findings, writes Huffington Post. The present finding in fact goes against the fertility hypothesis that suggests women pick good looking men to ensure hereditary benefits for offspring.
The study was published in the September 2014 issue of the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, by a team of researchers from Spain, Australia, and Colombia who performed semen analyses on 50 Caucasian students recruited from the University of Valencia.
The photos of the 50 men were shown to young men and women to identify the good-looking lot.
The researchers also performed an analysis of the facial characteristics of the 50 men using markers from previous research to pick the masculine features. Finally, the researchers compared the men's facial features with the motility (movement), morphology (structure), and concentration of the men's sperm cells.
There seemed to be a clear indication that handsome men lack quality semen.