Darwin, sexual selection, and the origins of music
Darwin, sexual selection, and the origins of music. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 33
(10), 716-719. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2018.07.006.
Humans devote ample time to produce and perceive music. How and why this behavioral propensity originated in our species is unknown. For centuries, speculation dominated the study of the evolutionary origins of musicality. Following Darwin’s early intuitions, recent empirical research is opening a new chapter to tackle this mystery.