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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Lab Notes : Talking Cavemen?

Lab Notes : Talking Cavemen?: "But a new study, published online today in Current Biology, suggests that while we might be special, we might not be unique. Contrary to the claim that the only gene known to play a role in speech and language arose in its current form some 20,000 years ago—long after modern Homo sapiens and Neanderthals diverged evolutionarily—it looks like Neanderthals had this FOXP2 gene. That raises the possibility that Neanderthals possessed some of the biological machinery necessary for language."

Neanderthals MAY have talked!? Obviously these researchers never worked with our old managing editor. Prove positive.

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