|Illustration from the article cited.|
Nevertheless, Geoffrey Miller, author of The Mating Mind, took up Darwin's first guess* and argued that music is one of the things humans successfully use to impress the other. This week Gary Marcus (New York University) and Geoffrey Miller (University of New Mexico) had a discussion on this issue in The Atlantic. You can read it here.
* Darwin had one other suggestion in the 11 pages he wrote on the possible origins of music, but that's a story for another blog.
Blute, M. (2003). [Book Review: The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature] The Quarterly Review of Biology, 78 (1), 129-130 DOI: 10.1086/377917
Darwin, G. (1871) The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex.London: Murray (p. 878).