Dec. 2, 2013

Boonshoft School of Medicine researcher contributes to study that explains why men’s noses are bigger than women’s

Andrew Froehle, Ph.D.Dayton—A Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine researcher is coauthor of a new study that explains why men’s noses are bigger than women’s. The story went viral and was covered by NBC News, National Geographic, NPR and the Iowa City Press Citizen.

Andrew Froehle, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Division of Morphological Sciences and Biostatistics of the Lifespan Health Research Center in the Department of Community Health at the WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine, worked with researchers on a University of Iowa study that concluded that men’s noses are on average about 10 percent larger than women’s noses.

The University of Iowa study, which was published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, explains that male noses grow disproportionately larger than female noses beginning at puberty because males need to breathe in more oxygen to feed lean muscle mass. The study showed that as body size increases in males and females during growth, males exhibit a disproportionate increase in nasal size.

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