• How genetic is your face?

    New research pinpoints genes that are responsible for facial similarities in siblings.

    New research might provide an insight into an age-old question: do your siblings really know you better than anyone e...

    Biology May 14, 2021
  • Is this a face you can rely on?

    Portrait analysis suggests rise in trustworthiness.

    Europeans have become more trustworthy over the past 500 years, and this is probably linked to an increase in living ...

    Culture September 24, 2020
  • We have evolved to develop social skills

    There’s a reason we look so different to our near relatives.

    The need to develop social skills helped shape the modern human face, scientists have suggested. Writing in the journ...

    Evolution April 15, 2019
  • The genes that shape your face

    Facial width, and more, linked to certain regions of the genome.

    Credit: Yuli Seperi / Getty ImagesThe shapes and traits that make each human face unique – such as the distance bet...

    Biology August 26, 2016
  • Fish can recognise human faces

    Animals with a simple brain can pick out a person’s face.

    The archerfish – famous for its water-spitting prowess – has a brain capable of recognition. Credit: ullstein bild / ...

    Biology June 14, 2016
  • Video: real-time facial manipulation technology

    Researchers developed software which seamlessly blends real-world facial movements with those in ...

    Pre-recorded videos can be edited in real-time via facial capture and re-enactment technology, thanks to software dev...

    Technology May 2, 2016
  • From the vault: Family ties

    Cosmos takes a look back at some of our most popular articles.

    You’ve got your mother’s eyes. Your father’s smile. But just how much of who you are can be attributed to the genetic...

    Biology July 20, 2015
  • Attracted to men with healthy faces

    Men with a high immune system seen as more attractive.

    LONDON: Women are subconsciously attracted to men with a high immune system, a new study suggests.A paper published...

    Behaviour February 22, 2012
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