I assume that there is some recognised relationship between larynx size and voice pitch - there is certianly a fine selection of papers if you google "Relationship between larynx size and voice pitch" relating to technicalities of singing voice control and artificial larynxes although without the time to plough through the technical details I wouldn't like to hazard a guess as to what the relationship actually is and how precise one can be about the precise pitch relative to larynx size and shape.
But it sounds, John, as if Yes, from larynx size they HAVE deduced voice pitch.
From: British archaeology discussion list [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of John Briggs
Sent: 23 September 2008 16:01
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Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Neanderthal voices
David Bowler wrote:
> I believe the research is based on the little bones that support the
> larynx (the hyoid bone or bones, if I remember rightly.) These
> apparently do fossilise, and from these the researchers were able to
> estimate the size and form of the larynx, and hence the pitch of the
> How reliable the results were I don't know. If only we could ask a
> Neanderthal, we would know the answer as soon as he said Hello.
From the position of the larynx, they have been able to derive an estimate
of its size. This is reasonable enough, as long as you don't make it the
basis of further deductions.
From the size of the larynx, they have deduced the pitch of the voice...
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