In other words, in our evolutionary past, when people generally pegged it in their twenties, the fact that a man made it to his sixties indicated he must have something very powerful going for him genetically, a trend that still produces biological effects. A younger male may do so, but a potential mate does not know how long he is capable of maintaining that ostentation. However, such interpretations do not explain why gold-diggers are nearly always female and why sugar parents are nearly always male. It could be all over too quickly. However, if she can pick an old male who can still display she knows she is onto a good thing. Their senior years display how strong are their genes. Why not the other way round?
Proulx's theory is based on studies of the collared flycatcher and the three-spined stickleback.
At last we know why girls fall for older men
It is the very fact that an older male can still display his munificence that really makes a female's head turn. An ageing male flaunting a new Porsche may be the butt of derisive male jokes. Topics Evolution The Observer. The Descent of Men, acknowledges. In other words, any stag that can still display a fine set of antlers in the twilight of its years, or an old peacock that can still rustle up a first-rate plumage - or an ageing Lothario who can still sport a Rolex and a riverside apartment - has to be considered a major catch. However, the idea has been criticised because it does not explain why young women are not attracted to all older men. As the saying ran: