Women tend to choose husbands who look like their fathers – even if they are adopted, reveals a new study.

The research shows that women use their dads as a template for picking a mate by a process called “sexual imprinting”, says Tamas Bereczkei at the University of Pécs in Hungary and colleagues.

Husbands and wives have long been suggested to look alike and this is known to occur in many animal species. Couples that look like each other are also more likely to share common genes, and having a degree of similarity is believed to beneficial.

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