So "cougars" had it right all along!! Turn the conventional May-September romance on its head eh.
Children of older fathers perform less well in intelligence tests during infancy and early childhood, Australian reserchers have found, adding to evidences linking paternal age to neuro-developmental disorders in offspring.
However, children born to older mothers gain higher scores in the same tests, designed to measure the ability to think and reason, memory and concentration, and motor skills, revealed University of Queensland researchers.
The results, they said, were surprising a clear warning to the growing number of men in Western societies who are delaying parenthood until their 40s or older.
The study lead author John McGrath from the Queensland Brain Institute at the university said biological clocks were also ticking for men.
"The results were quite startling as it was thought that the age of the father was less of a concern compared to the age of the mother," McGrath said adding "Now we are getting more evidence of the age of the father being just as important."