Among the insects known as burying beetles, females are more attracted to smaller males because they are, you know, chill. That is, they're less likely to get into fights when competing for mates. Despite their increased sex appeal, however, smaller males are not necessarily better parents, researchers reveal in a new study.
When you see a guy strutting around his campus bragging about how many women he's slept with, you're likely to think two things: either he's got a bit too much confidence, or - as is often the case - he's compensating for something else. Now, new research has found that it's not all that different for burying beetles.