What is epigamic hair?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

A certain species of monkeys have patches of hair on their heads very similar to humans; they develop during puberty and are found only among the males. In evolutionist language this is called epigamic hair, which means that it is a sign of sexual dominance. The lion's mane is an example of epigamic hair, as it's used as a scare technique during sexual fighting.

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