Baboon study suggests earlier origins for human language

A PLOS ONE study found that baboons have the ability to make five vowel-like sounds in much the same way humans do, casting doubt on the commonly held notion that the nonhuman hominoid larynx isn’t suited for humanlike speech. This means that the origins of human language may date back to 25 million years ago in a common ancestor with the Cercopithecoidea family.The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (1/11)

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