London, Feb 26 (ANI): You might hate escorting your wife to the supermarket, courtesy her "bargaining antics" in the sales, but here's something you ought to know: a woman's love of shopping is a throwback to the days of cave women.
That's the conclusion of a new study, which found that shoppers use instincts they learnt from their Neanderthal ancestors.
According to Dr David Holmes, of Manchester Metropolitan University, skills that were learnt as cavemen and women were now being used in shops.
"Gatherers sifted the useful from things that offered them no sustenance, warmth or comfort with a skill that would eventually lead to comfortable shopping malls and credit cards," The Telegraph quoted him, as saying.
"In our evolutionary past, we gathered in caves with fires at the entrance.
"We repeat this in warm shopping centres where we can flit from store to store without braving the icy winds," he added.
The Daily Express has reported that the groundbreaking research was commissioned by Manchester Arndale shopping centre. (ANI)