Sensory exploitation, sexual dimorphism, and human voice pitch

David R. Feinberg, Benedict C. Jones, Marie M. Armstrong

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)901-903
Number of pages3
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number12
Early online date1 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018


  • honest signaling
  • sensory bias
  • vocal communication

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