Evolution of language
The origin of language in the human species has been the topic of scholarly discussions for several centuries. In spite of this, there is no consensus on the ultimate origin or age of human language....
Orangutan 'copies human speech'
An orangutan copying sounds made by researchers offers new clues to how human speech evolved, scientists say.
High-Pitched Voice Theory - Neanderthal
Vocal experts examine the first full skeleton of a neanderthal ever to be discovered and uncover insights into the most likely sound our primitive cousins wo...
What Are Cats Trying To Tell Us? Science Will Explain
A new project is underway to decode kitty communication—and figure out if cats really like all that baby talk. Many believe their dogs and cats can respond with barks or meows that communicate hunger,...
Behold: The Cockroach Internet of Shit and Gut Bacteria
Cockroaches are scientific wonders of horrible-ness. A cockroach, the result of a lineage spanning some 320 million years, is a well-oiled machine of pestilence, and some large part of this has to do ...
Sperm Whales Develop Culture, Regional Accents
A study comprising 18 years of data has found that, just like humans, sperm whales develop "culture" as evidenced by their regional dialects. Some of the most intelligent animals can be found, not on ...
The incredible story of how leopard Diabolo became Spirit - Anna Breytenbach, "animal communicator".
What if you could talk to animals and have them talk back to you? Anna Breytenbach has dedicated her life to what she calls interspecies communication. She sends detailed messages to animals through p...
World's First Murder Victim? Skull Is Evidence Of 430,000-Year-Old Crime
"Anthropologists are always asking what makes us human, and are humans inherently violent," said Danielle Kurin, a forensic anthropologist at UC Santa Barbara. "This study contributes to that debate b...
BEAR SAVES CROW FROM DROWNING
Bear Rescues Crow. When a hapless bird falls into this brown bear’s watering hole the unexpected happens. Rather than killing it, the bear rescues it from the water to live another day.
Archaic Homo sapiens
A number of varieties of Homo are grouped into the broad category of archaic humans, contrasted with modern humans (Homo sapiens), in the period beginning 500,000 years ago. This category typically i...
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Homo heidelbergensis
Homo heidelbergensis — sometimes called Homo rhodesiensis — is an extinct species of the genus Homo which lived in Africa, Europe and western Asia during about 0.6 to 0.3 million years ago. First disc...
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Neanderthal behavior
Neanderthal behavior is subject to much study and speculation. Neanderthals were thought to be almost exclusively carnivorous and apex predators. However, new studies indicate that they had cooked veg...
Neanderthal behavior - Wikipedia
Anatomically modern humans
The term anatomically modern humans (AMH) or anatomically modern Homo sapiens (AMHS) refers in paleoanthropology to individual members of the species Homo sapiens with an appearance consistent with th...
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Behavioral modernity
Behavioral modernity is a term used in anthropology, archeology and sociology to refer to a set of traits that distinguish present day humans and their recent ancestors from both other living primates...
Animal communication
Animal communication is the transfer of information from one or a group of animals (sender or senders) to one or more other animals (receiver or receivers) which affects either the current or future b...
Animal language
Animal language are those forms of non-human animal communication that show similarities to human language. Animal communication may be considered complex enough to be called a form of language if: th...
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Universal grammar
Universal grammar (UG) is a theory in linguistics, usually credited to Noam Chomsky, proposing that the ability to learn grammar is hard-wired into the brain. It is sometimes known as 'mental grammar'...
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Creole language
A creole language, or simply a creole, is a stable natural language that has developed from a pidgin, i.e. a simplified version of a language. Creoles differ from pidgins because creoles have been nat...
Pidgin
A pidgin /ˈpɪdʒɨn/, or pidgin language, is a simplified version of a language that develops as a means of communication between two or more groups that do not have a language in common. It is most com...
Evolutionary linguistics
Evolutionary linguistics is a cover term for the scientific study of both the origins and development of language as well as the cultural evolution of languages. The main challenge in this research is...
Mythical origins of language
There have been many accounts of the origin of language in the world's mythologies and other stories pertaining to the origin of language, the development of language and the reasons behind the divers...
Mythical origins of language - Wikipedia
Divine language
Divine language, the language of the gods, or, in monotheism, the language of God (or angels) is the concept of a mystical or divine proto-language, which predates and supersedes human speech.
In ...
Adamic language
The Adamic language is, according to Jews (as recorded in the midrashim) and some Christians, the language spoken by Adam (and possibly Eve) in the Garden of Eden. It is variously interpreted as eithe...
African grey parrot
The African grey parrot, grey parrot or Congo African grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus) is an Old World parrot in the family Psittacidae.
The African grey parrot is a medium-sized, predominantly g...
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Whale sounds
Whale sounds are used by whales for different kinds of communication.The mechanisms used to produce sound vary from one family of cetaceans to another. Marine mammals, such as whales, dolphins, and po...
Whale sounds - Wikipedia
Blue-and-yellow Macaw
The blue-and-yellow macaw (Ara ararauna), also known as the blue-and-gold macaw, is a large South American parrot with blue top parts and yellow under parts. It is a member of the large group of Neotr...
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Viki (chimpanzee)
Viki was the subject of one of the first experiments in ape language. Viki was raised by Keith and Catherine Hayes in the same manner as a human infant, to see if she could learn human words. She was ...
Red-shouldered Macaw
The red-shouldered macaw (Diopsittaca nobilis) is a small green South American parrot, a member of a large group of Neotropical parrots called macaws. The species is named for the red coverts on its ...
Red-shouldered Macaw - Wikipedia
FOXP2 and human evolution
Forkhead box protein P2 (FOXP2) is a protein that, in humans, is encoded by the FOXP2 gene, also known as CAGH44, SPCH1 or TNRC10, and is required for proper development of speech and language. Initia...
FOXP2 and human evolution - Wikipedia
Polygenesis (linguistics)
In the field of linguistics, polygenesis is the view that human languages evolved as several lineages independent of one another. It is contrasted with monogenesis, which is the view that human langua...
Roar (utterance)
A roar is a deep, bellowing outburst of sound forced through an open mouth. It is produced by animals of certain species. A roar is usually made using the hyoid, a small bone which is not completely r...