This tendency likely would have protected our ancestors, Windhager told Live Science.
The findings are additional evidence that humans are evolutionarily predisposed to see faces in everything, said study researcher Sonja Windhager, an anthropologist at the University of Vienna.
She says the peaceful day was shattered later that day by the sound of gun fire."We both came within six inches of dying," she said.
She says on that day, she, her brother and a roommate were moving furniture to a new house when an aggressive driver began harassing her along Seven Springs Blvd in Holiday."This loud little car came out of nowhere and cut me off," she said.
"Taking a bear for a stone might be lethal, whereas the opposite does no harm," she said.
"As a result, we are tempted to see faces everywhere, even in clouds, stones and cars." Our preferences for curvy cars may have links to our evolutionary past as well, research has suggested, though the human love of novelty sometimes pushes boxy, sharp-angled vehicles into the limelight.
[10 Things That Make Humans Special] Anthropomorphic cars Windhager and her colleagues had studied this tendency to personify cars in Austria, reporting in 2008 that people attribute human traits to vehicles based on factors such as the shape of the headlights and the size of the windshield.
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The police officer was recorded saying, "I told him not to reach for it." The shooting remains under investigation.