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Old 19 November 2013, 06:58 PM
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Glasses Why Guys Have Bigger Noses Than Gals

Men may have larger noses than women because they generally have more muscle, demanding larger noses to breathe in more oxygen, researchers say.

And here I thought it was because men have larger fingers.
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Old 19 November 2013, 07:09 PM
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Aren't men just bigger overall, on average? Taller, bigger hands and feet, bigger jaws, ears, and noses?

However, because fossil skeletons of ancient humans are often fragmented and incomplete, researchers could not confirm whether nose size was linked with body mass.
I'd think documenting nose size would be difficult because the nose is made of cartilage, which doesn't fossilize as well as bone. Perhaps that's what they meant by the skeletons being "incomplete," but if so, that's sloppy writing.
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Old 19 November 2013, 07:21 PM
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While the nose itself is cartilage, there are bones around and behind it that may be indicative of the shape (or at least size) of the nose. Specifically, the nasal bone and the forward portion of the maxilla could be used to get an idea of the nose's size.
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Old 19 November 2013, 07:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Esprise Me View Post
Aren't men just bigger overall, on average? Taller, bigger hands and feet, bigger jaws, ears, and noses?
Not every attribute is bigger in the same proportion though. Some of those things are larger by a greater proportion than the overall size difference. Men have a bigger face, but even on top of that, certain features take up a larger proportion of their face. Women have proportionally larger eyes as a percentage of their overall face size (they're slightly smaller actually, but not by as much as other things), while men have a proportionally larger nose.

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Old 20 November 2013, 07:22 PM
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A person's nose becomes proportional to the sized of their fingers. Men have bigger fingers.
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