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09/29/2010 01:22 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Women With Long Arms More Attractive Than Those With Long Legs, Study Shows (POLL)

Women with long arms are apparently more attractive than those with long legs, the Daily Mail reports. Researchers at the University of New South Wales in Sydney conducted the study, which involved having volunteers rank women based on their looks. Arm length was found to be most important contributing factor to attractiveness, followed by hip-to-waist ratio, but leg length wasn't too significant at all.

A press release elaborated on the study:

Videos of the models were shown to a sample of 92 Australian adults, 40 men and 52 women, aged between 18 to 58 years of age, and mostly of European descent. They then compared the attractiveness ratings given by the Australian group to the ratings from a group in Hong Kong to avoid cultural bias.

Professor Robert Brooks, who led the study, said in the release: "Physical attractiveness is an important determining factor for evolutionary, social and economic success. The dimensions of someone's body can tell observers if that person is suitable as a potential mate, a long term partner or perhaps the threat they pose as a sexual competitor."

The results are published in the "Journal of Evolutionary Biology."

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