Ever wonder why men’s noses are bigger?

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So did researchers at the University of Iowa.  Men have schnozzolas, as Jimmy Durante would say, about 10 percent larger for a very good reason, they found.

Those honkers are an extension of the lungs, providing oxygen to muscle mass, which is also greater in men, explains Brian Handwerk in National Geographic.

“After puberty, for any given body size, males tend to have larger noses because more of the male body is made up of lean muscle tissue that’s metabolically more expensive,” says UI College of Dentistry‘s Nathan Holton, lead author of the study published recently in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

With his proboscis, Durante shoulda been muscle-bound. Right Mrs. Calabash?

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