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We all know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but a new study out of Britain suggests that most beholders find one thing especially beautiful: a mixed-race face. According to Michael Lewis of Cardiff University's school of psychology, “people whose genetic backgrounds are more diverse are, on average, perceived as more attractive.” Lewis, a senior lecturer at the school, came to this conclusion after asking what he says is the highest-ever number of respondents on the subject to rate more than 1,200 pictures of black, white and mixed-race faces on the basis of physical appeal. In his view, the study proves that Darwin's theory of heterosis – the belief that cross-breeding leads to genetically fitter offspring in the animal world – also applies to humans, who in turn equate fitness with beauty. If that's the case, it also reveals how truly unevolved the fashion industry is...