Science reveals alleged connection between catcalling and testicle size

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Catcalling is an issue that has been under the spotlight in the past few months, thanks to a number of videos showing the perspective of women that are subject to such abuse and fathers witnessing such happenings. Finally, science came in to find patterns with this phenomenon and found what may be a correlation between catcalling and overcompensation.

According to US News, a new study that was conducted on monkeys revealed that apes with louder calls have also smaller testicles, and therefore less sperm for reproduction. The experiment by Jacob Dunn from the University of Cambridge's division of Biological Anthropology was conducted on a population of Howler monkeys, which rank as one of the loudest species on the planet with their calls that can be heard three miles away. The scientists realized that the monkeys living in groups with other male individuals tend to have smaller vocal organs but bigger testicles, while male monkeys that live among female groups present the opposite biological scenario.

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Mr. Dunn explained:

"It may be that investment in developing a large vocal organ and roaring is so costly that there is simply not enough energy left to invest in testes. Alternatively, using a large vocal organ for roaring may be so effective at deterring rival males that there is no need to invest in large testes."

Though it is unclear whether the same applies to a human populations, it comes easy to make a parallel between the vocal overcompensation of these monkeys and catcalling:

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