What animals teach us about charming the opposite sex

Using research conducted into the different flirting techniques employed around the world, experts will help 200 men and women learn how to harness their animal magnestism.

They will use lessons from the animal kingdom to show how to give off the right signals to potential mates.

Although it is considered to be one of the basic human instincts, many people find the subtle cues and unwritten rules of etiquette in flirting difficult to follow.

To mark the close of their Sexual Nature exhibition, bosses at the Natural History Museum have decided to draw on the wealth of knowledge that has been accumulated from research by social anthropologists and zoologists to teach people how to flirt effectively.

Tate Greenhaigh, a curator at the Natural History Museum, said: “Animals can trump anything that humans do – their courtship behaviour is hugely varied and in some cases quite extreme.

“These performances are necessary because the female’s eggs are a precious and finite resource. The males need to prove they are worthy of fertilising them. So humans can learn a lot from animals.”

Jean Smith, a social anthropologist who runs flirting tours in London and will be delivering one of the lectures at the museum, believes that humans can also learn how to flirt more effectively by studying other cultures around the world.

She said: “I don’t believe attraction is about symmetry of the face or body shape, but more about how open someone is, how caring they are, how witty they are and their personality.

“Eye contact is the number one way people show interest and understand interest, but depending on the culture, they do it differently.

“In New York they believe you have to be obvious while Parisian women are thought of as being easy if they look at a man they like, so they show interest by averting their eyes. In Stockholm, it is more like they are blinking than making eye contact.

“In London, women give a few glances, but the men want more obvious signs because they are afraid of overstepping a mark. It is one reason why things don’t progress as quickly here in the UK.”

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What animals teach us about charming the opposite sex