(TELEGRAPH) — For decades male rock stars have been known for an unrivalled ability to draw hordes of admiring female fans. Now researchers may have uncovered a scientific reason for their attractiveness to the opposite sex.

A study suggests that women in their most fertile phases are more attracted to men who can produce the best music.

Researchers from the University of Sussex said the findings indicated that women believed men with strong musical abilities carried better genes than those lacking in such skills.

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