I’ve posted before about how I think that language is very ancient, probably evolving over hundreds of thousands of years, possibly millions. The evidence for this view continues to mount. It now looks like there’s stronger evidence that Neanderthals could talk.
We humans like to think of ourselves as unique for many reasons, not least of which being our ability to communicate with words. But ground-breaking research shows that our ‘misunderstood cousins,’ the Neanderthals, may well have spoken in languages not dissimilar to the ones we use today.
- Neanderthals may have helped East Asians adapting to sunlight (oup.com)
- Toe Fossil Provides Complete Neanderthal Genome (nytimes.com)