Sensory exploitation, sexual dimorphism, and human voice pitch

Feinberg, David R. and Jones, Benedict C. and Armstrong, Marie M. (2018) Sensory exploitation, sexual dimorphism, and human voice pitch. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 33 (12). pp. 901-903. ISSN 0169-5347

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    Abstract

    Selection for low male voice pitch is generally assumed to occur because it is a valid cue of formidability. Here we summarize recent empirical challenges to this hypothesis. We also outline an alternative account in which selection for low male voice pitch is a byproduct of sensory exploitation.