TONED abdominal muscles let morons recognise each other, it has emerged.
Researchers had previously assumed that stomach muscles served no purpose whatsoever.
Abs-ologist Dr Tom Booker said: “We could never figure out why humans even had all these muscles in their stomachs.
“Legs muscles help you walk, arm muscles let you lift things, but ‘abs’ seemed to do absolutely nothing, in an evolutionary sense.”
After extensive study of celebrity websites, provincial nightclubs and Peter Andre concert footage, Booker reached a radical conclusion.
“We found that morons held ‘abs’ in incredibly high esteem.
“Rather than ‘six-packs’ simply being a media obsession, it appears that people of limited intelligence are genetically predisposed to like parallel rows of stomach muscle.
“So they look for abs when selecting a breeding partner.
“To support this argument, look at the cast of The Only Way Is Essex. By comparison, I would be very surprised if chess wizard Garry Kasparov even knew what the phrase ‘getting ripped’ meant.”