Latest Origin of language Stories
Prevailing theories suggest that human language evolved slowly from a series of simple grunts and noises, to a complex spoken language between 75,000 and 100,000 years ago. But now, according to a new study in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, researchers believe the rise of complex language took place relatively rapidly, not as a series of gradual changes as has been described previously.
After analyzing the calls of chimpanzees in the wild, scientists now believe these animals vocalize with a purpose rather than chant and howl at random.
In a study devoted to comparing the different types of gestures of infant apes and a human, psychologists analyzed video of the three to find remarkable similarities among the species.
People could learn a lot from vervet monkeys. When vervets need to work together, they don't tell each other what to do or punish uncooperative behavior. But according to evidence reported on March 28 in the Cell Press journal Current Biology, they do get by, with a little patience.
Learning to adapt voice is a trait commonly shared among humans, bats and several bird species, as well as some larger mammals.
The evolution of human speech was far more complex than is implied by some recent attempts to link it to a specific gene, says Robert Berwick, professor of computational linguistics at MIT.
Language centers in the brains of rhesus macaques light up when the monkeys hear calls and screams from fellow monkeys, researchers said in a study that suggests language skills evolved early in primates.
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