According to researchers at the University of Utah, the bones of the human face have evolved to be more robust for protection against repeated impacts by small objects like the human fist, which they claim similarly evolved to protect the hand’s delicate musculoskeletal system when punching.
David Carrier, co-author of “Protective buttressing of the hominin face,” said in a statement that, “[i]f indeed the evolution of our hand proportions were associated with selection for fighting behavior you might expect the primary target, the face, to have undergone evolution to better protect it from injury when punched.”
Oh wait. Some prof out there has actually built his career on one or another such claim.
Welcome to science in a time of decline.
For more, see also: The Science Fictions series at your fingertips (human evolution)