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Why Do We Have Eyebrows ?

Sun, 23rd Nov 2003

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Have you ever noticed that the Mona Lisa painting at the Louvre is of a lady with no eyebrows? The Mona Lisa was painted in 1503 by Leonardo da Vinci, and is thought be a portrait of an Italian widow. In the 1500’s it was fashionable for ladies to shave off their eyebrows. Eyebrows are thought to be useful as they keep rain and sweat out of your eyes. This may be of evolutionary advantage as this would help you find shelter in the rain or when running from danger.


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