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Scientists have cast new on why some men have deeper voices than . It was thought that males developed a lower pitched voice to attract of the opposite . However, anthropologists at the American college Penn State believe a deep voice was to scare off other males. Researcher David Puts said: "In humans, and other primates too, a low pitched voice evolved to intimidate other men…to make males seem bigger and scarier." He added that: "Human male traits imply aggression and formidability and seem to provide advantages in fighting or other men more than they help attract women."

The researchers at Penn State recorded than 500 men and women speaking. They then played the back to more than 1,100 different people of both . Male volunteers rated each male recording for levels of they perceived in the voices. The same recordings were rated by 15 female for romantic attractiveness. Men similarly rated the women's voices for . Most of the men thought the lower-pitched male recordings belonged to a more man. Dr Puts said women also liked lower- voices, but the of the women's ratings did not lead him to say that the of the male voice was so important to females.

 
 

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