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pubic hair functions

Postby stinky » Thu Nov 27, 2008 10:50 pm

Hi there
My animal biology teacher and I had a discussion about the utility of pubic hair. I said it would limit skin contact in order to prevent skin burns ( :? ) - (english is not my mother language :wink: )
From my posterior searches it could be either an indicator of sexual maturity, a reservoir of scents or act as anti-friction just like I said.
The problem is that I need some real good proves (from important books or science magazines/sites) before start arguing again with my teacher.
Can anybody help me?

by the way great site
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Re: pubic hair functions

Postby Darwin420 » Thu Nov 27, 2008 11:05 pm

I don't know about the skin burns thing. Evolution process is a long process and the only thing I could think of that pubes would resist friction from is pants, and clothing hasn't been around that long. I would say it functions as a scent collector which makes it a lot easier for the opposite sex to locate each other and it also can be used to indicate that the individual is ready to mate (due to scent of hormones being trapped in the pubic mesh). The indicator of sexual maturity is another thing that I can accept as a reasonable evolutionary purpose.

As for books and magazines - no idea. Just google it and also google scholar, you should be able to find a good amount of info on stuff like this.
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