Friday, October 19, 2007

We'll find out whether Neanderthals stutter

Check out this interesting article: Neanderthals May Have Had Genes for Speech. The scientists have found FOXP2, a gene that in humans is known to relate to grammar/speech, in Neanderthal DNA. It is fascinating that we can now look at ancient DNA.

Once we have singled out the stuttering genes, we can also look at whether Neanderthals have these genes. Maybe they got extinct, because they were stuttering much more that modern humans!!!

1 comment:

Ana said...

Thanks for the link.
You can find much more information about human evolution focusing in brain, mind, and language, in british anthropologist Steven Mithen's latest release "The singing Neanderthals: the origins of music, language, mind and body". This book, like his former "The pre-history of mind", takes a social-cognitive point to hypotesize about how evolutionary feats of our ancestors could take place.