At a time when religious and conservative right wing groups are attempting to dismiss homosexuality as "unnatural", a leading zoologist has said gay people could be seen as the "pinnacle of evolution".
Speaking at the Edinburgh Book Festival, Clive Bromhall said that mankind's evolution has resulted in a present state of "infantilism", where we break the primate mould by being playful, creative and child-like right into adulthood.
�From men's obsession with swollen breasts to our constant search for a pseudo-parental God, everything about the human species is infantile," Bromhall said in a lecture.
"Like baby chimps we have soft downy bodies, flat faces and large rounded heads. Like them, we too want to be kissed, cuddled and stroked, and we remain playful, compliant and comparatively mild-mannered for the whole of our lives," he added.
Bromhall claims that this is rejected by straight people as they age, and that by remaining in same sex relationships, gay men and women are actually displaying a superiority over their peers.
"We've known for years that homosexuality is linked to a playful, creative character," he said.
"Homosexuals excel as artists, thespians and other playful, mimetic professions. Being playful is at the heart of being human. It's something that should be celebrated. You could say that homosexuals are at the pinnacle of human evolution.�
Bromhall was speaking to promote his new book The Eternal Child at the festival.