Some scientists think musicians behave a lot like birds.
Charles Darwin was one of the first researchers to put that theory down on paper.
In 1871 the famed naturalist penned The Descent of Man where he spends 10 pages dissecting why songbirds sing their songs and another six asking why humans do the same.
The answer he proposed has everything to do with sexual selection.
‘Musical notes and rhythm were first acquired by the male or female progenitors of mankind for the sake of charming the opposite sex’ he wrote.
In 2014 a psychologist named Benjamin Charlton decided to revisit Darwin’s theory.
He recruited a pool of women and asked them to listen to a series of musical compositions.
According to his investigation ovulating women tend to gravitate toward more complex compositions.
Women at less fertile points in their cycle didn’t seem to care so much.
(Maybe that helps explain how any number of average-looking musicians land their beautiful bedmates?)