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    Sounds silly but why do we have a random line of hair above our eye? Eyelashes, I get. They're like personal dusters for our eyes but eyebrows? I mean, people might say its an appearance thing but if from the dawn of time, people didn't have a random line of hair above their eye, then surely no eyebrows would be considered attractive. So is there an actual purpose to them 'cause obviously hair grows coarser there than other parts of the face from an early age.
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    Stop sweat from blinding us is the only explanation I remember hearing.
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    I think they help absorb sweat that may run into your eyes?
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    Same reason we have eyelashes.
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    So parents can point out to their children that owls have large eyebrows and the kids can relate to it, creating a much meaningless relationship with owls.
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    How else are people supposed to know if we're supprised or confused?
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    Sweat sponges.
    Our lashes alone couldn't keep sweat out of our eyes.
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    (Original post by Greghouse)
    How else are people supposed to know if we're supprised or confused?
    :rofl:


    OP I think it's to stop sweat going into your eyes?
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    Ovid and his mistress, Corinna, use them to send sneaky sexual messages to each other while they're at the dinner table with her lover. This is what eyebrows were made for.
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    So that people can make threads about them on TSR to avoid boredom, they have no other use. :P
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    They do the eyelashes' dirty work
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    (Original post by Greghouse)
    How else are people supposed to know if we're supprised or confused?
    Lol! :rofl:
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    (Original post by fallen angel9)
    :rofl:


    OP I think it's to stop sweat going into your eyes?
    I thought this was partly true; as a species we rely on facial expressions a lot to communicate, and without eyebrows the face would be a lot less expressive.
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    (Original post by FormerlyFrisbeeFan)
    I thought this was partly true; as a species we rely on facial expressions a lot to communicate, and without eyebrows the face would be a lot less expressive.

    I don't know why but it just made me laugh. :yep:
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    :o: <----making that
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    This was answered in one of those New Scientist books (Does Anything Eat Wasps? etc). I believe the main answer was to stop sweating, but also for facial expressions.
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    (Original post by Altruistic1)
    Ovid and his mistress, Corinna, use them to send sneaky sexual messages to each other while they're at the dinner table with her lover. This is what eyebrows were made for.
    LOL this reminds me of the herbal essences ads they used to play before desperate housewives back when they sponsored the show.
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    whats with these hundreds of eyebrow threads!
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    (Original post by Gap)
    So parents can point out to their children that owls have large eyebrows and the kids can relate to it, creating a much meaningless relationship with owls.
    interesting logic :p:
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    Eyebrows have two functions:

    1) Physical: to prevent moisture, mostly salty sweat and rain, from flowing into the eye. The typical curved shape of the eyebrow (with a slant on the side) and the direction in which eyebrow hairs are pointed makes sure that sweat/rain will flow sideways around the eyes, along the side of the head and along the nose. Together with the brow ridges, the eyebrows also shade the eyes from sunlight. Eyebrows also prevent debris such as dandruff from falling into the eyes. The hairs also can help us sense or detect objects being near the eye, like small insects.

    & 2) Psychological: eyebrows also have an important facilitative function in communication, strengthening expressions, such as surprise or anger. The eyebrows shape the face and gives definition to a person's eyes and forehead.
 
 
 
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