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Professor Identifies 14 Types of The Human Proboscis




You need to have a nose for this news - there's 14 types of the vital organ on the human face, according to a researcher.

Professor Abraham Tamir of Ben-Gurion University in Israel has completed what he claims is the first survey of its type to classify and record the different types of the human nose, the ‘Daily Mail’ reports.


This revealed that there are 14 types of nose, with classifications ranging from “fleshy” to “celestial”.

The most common, particularly among men, was the fleshy nose, best illustrated by Prince Philip, which featured on almost a quarter of all the faces studied.

Writing in the ‘Journal of Craniofacial Surgery’, Prof Tamir says those with such a nose are likely to be generous, emotional, helpful and sensitive.

But it is not all good news.

In the professor’s opinion, both the “fleshy” and the “hawk” are among the least attractive.

The Roman nose, seen on Hollywood actor Tom Cruise, was sported by 9 per cent, who were ambitious, courageous and clear-thinking.

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe joins the 9 per cent who sported an aquiline nose, said to symbolise a cool tactician with a business mind.

Some 13 per cent had celestial noses, with celebrity examples, including actor Carey Mulligan. These, the professor believes, are most attractive along with the snub noses found on 5 per cent. But while the snub shape may be attractive, it is not necessary a blessing.

Prof Tamir said: "The snub nose is a small nose sloping upwards at the tip. People with this frequently lack spiritual and physical maturity."

Kate Middleton, however, can also claim an attractive nose. Her shape was frequently found in paintings, suggesting artists saw it as a thing of beauty, says the researcher.

Simon Withey, of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, said the results would have been different had the survey been done in another part of the world. "Women like a nose like Angelina Jolie's - a very delicate nose with not a lot of bulk. Men like straighter noses. In general people don't like fleshy tips or excessive bumps," he said.



July 13, 2011



Conversation about this article

1: Josh Mandel (New York, U.S.A.), July 13, 2011, 8:37 AM.

I thank the stars this study was done in Israel and not elsewhere in the world. Otherwise, B'nai B'rith or the League for Human Rights or one of their friends would have been jumping up and down in a frenzy within minutes, claiming that the researchers were anti-semitic and the Jews are once again being picked upon. Whew! An international crisis has been avoided!

2: Larry Lind (United Kingdom), July 13, 2011, 8:43 AM.

And where does the Pinocchio nose - i.e., the Liar's nose - fit in?

3: I.J. Singh (New York, U.S.A.), July 13, 2011, 8:52 AM.

The attractiveness of a hook nose or a fleshy one, of course, lies in the beholder's eye, but I wonder if research can tell us which type is the most likely found sticking in other people's business.

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