Mighty Red Pen

October 18, 2007


Filed under: Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 7:35 pm

Interesting tidbit today: Neanderthals May Have Had Gene for Speech

Neanderthals, an archaic human species that dominated Europe until the arrival of modern humans some 45,000 years ago, possessed a critical gene known to underlie speech, according to DNA evidence retrieved from two individuals excavated from El Sidron, a cave in northern Spain.

MRP refers you to our friends at Mr. Verb and Language Log for more erudite comments.


1 Comment »

  1. Would love to see the outcome of a time-traveling MRP approaching the Neanderthal camp ready to lecture on split infinitives.

    A medical researcher friend published a paper in ’01 showing that the N’s hypoglossal canal was the right size to permit the transmission of speech sounds. There was also a recent discovery of a wind instrument debatably attributed to them.

    Comment by Helen's Dad — October 21, 2007 @ 1:55 pm | Reply

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