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    Default Monkey calls give clues to language origins

    It's interesting, worth reading.

    Monkey calls give clues to language origins

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    Cool Re: Monkey calls give clues to language origins

    could be, if you think that monkeys are our ancestors

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    Default Re: Monkey calls give clues to language origins

    Quote Originally Posted by Trance Freak View Post
    could be, if you think that monkeys are our ancestors
    That's a very common misunderstanding. Humans and monkeys are different species.

    Are you going to say that we were made from sand and wind?

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    Cool Re: Monkey calls give clues to language origins

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    That's a very common misunderstanding. Humans and monkeys are different species.

    Are you going to say that we were made from sand and wind?
    Nope, but defo from mud - well, ehh.. religiously speaking.
    Anyways, the article you posted is interesting, keep up

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    Default Re: Monkey calls give clues to language origins

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    That's a very common misunderstanding. Humans and monkeys are different species.

    Are you going to say that we were made from sand and wind?
    That might be true but both have the same roots and so it's not suprising that both species developed similar characteristics and skills.

    This article was quit interisting.
    Last edited by brainslush; 13-Dec-2009 at 00:57.

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    Default Re: Monkey calls give clues to language origins

    Charles Darwin, himself, said monkeys and man are similar species, but not exactly the same.

    On The Origin of Species.

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    Default Re: Monkey calls give clues to language origins

    As far as I know from the evolutionary biology, the human beings and the chimpanzee have a common ancestor.I mean the chimpanzee are not the descendent of the human being.
    As for the monkey calls,I think a language is not just voices, abstracting comes first,and it seems that monkeys,apes,etc. have an abstracting capability to some degree.

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    Default Re: Monkey calls give clues to language origins

    Isn't the orang utan our closest relative?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Isn't the orang utan our closest relative?
    That's going to depend.

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