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Why do Chinese and Japanese people have slanted eyes?

I dont know much about evolution of the human race, but as I understand it, fairer skinned people moved to cooler climates and darker skinned people moved to hotter climates, therefore that explains the colour / melatonin in our skins. Why did chinese and Japanese people then get the slanted eye feature? What was it in evolution that caused that?

thanks WilleWillem for your answer. I also think that slanted eyes are quite beautiful indeed. I know a few ladies (myself included) who have tried to achieve that look through make up application! I am shocked to hear that some people are trying to change their slanted eyes with cosmetic surgery! I suppose we are never happy with what we've got!
68 mths ago

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Coppy/Paste. The scientific theory is that slanted eyes among Asians in the Far East is because they have more fat on their eyelids as a protection from extreme cold climates. The epicanthic fold is supposed to screen harsh sunlight in a snowy environment. Slanted eyes are not unique to the Chinese, Japanese etc. Laplanders and Eskimos have similarly slanty eyes. This theory does not hold, however in the case of the Scandinavians who have round eyes even if they live in similar climate conditions as the Chinese. The explanation offered is that the Vikings took many women on the basis of their beauty and the standard was round eyes. My additional contribution to the above is that I think that cultures which are very unified (Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, for example) have been unable to marry off their children to grooms from other races who have round eyes. Thus, the eye shape of the Chinese, etc has hardly been genetically altered through intermarriage. But things are changing. There is now a huge demand for cosmetic surgery to change slanted eyes to round eyes. In as much as the shape of the eyes is only a matter of aesthetics, it is also likely that there will be less slanty eyes in the future as people begin to take control of how they want to look like. By this, I do not mean to insult people with slant eyes--I think these eyes are beautiful and like round eyes, their beauty will be judged on a holistic perspective that includes inner charm and grace.

68 mths ago

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and to add why do they have ugly toes?

68 mths ago

Maybe because they're located on the side of the world where the sun rises .... and it gets really bright there and so they have to squeeze their eyes closed to shut out the brightness. Hmm, no that doesn't sound right. I actually have no idea.

68 mths ago

Lee deffinitly is the answer wizard this morning

68 mths ago

When you wake-up first thing in the morning and you switch on the light your eyes are just slightly open and it stays that way till you have your first cup of coffe. So I think they never have any coffee.

68 mths ago

So, according to WilleWillem's cut & paste, it looks like Lee was right after all - good one! ;-)

68 mths ago

That is really interesting, I did not know, I thought it was because they look at rice all day, thanks.

68 mths ago

You need to think about when the Asians broke off from the rest of the humans, I'd say they broke off relatively early (not as early as the Australians), but early enough to not have large noses like Europeans. They developed from the people they broke off from. Genetic isolation is another one. If you have a group of people, and divide it in two, the sum total of their genes will not be identical. Thus they could develop completely differently. People flock together with those who have the same heritage as them, and like to remain a homogenous group. This will ensure that their shared gene pool is similar. Our preference in appearance of the opposite sex is also not uniform. Africans have their preference, Asians have theirs. This has been developed throughout the millennia, and ensures that groups become more homogenous. I don't know if this is environmental, or genetic, but it works.

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68 mths ago

Nice one Willewillem. Thank you. I also think that *slant eyes* are beautiful! But there is only one person who has tried to make her eyes slanting is Amy Winehouse. and I think she looks terrible. Yuk the thought of it!!

68 mths ago

We grew up with the idea that it happens cause when seeing the bowl of rice infront of them they take their hands, place it on their faces next to the eyes, resting the head in them and says "Ag no, not rice again!". In doing this the eyes get 'pulled' back a litte, try it, you'll see its true!!!

68 mths ago

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