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Macross and The Descent of Man

“The sounds uttered by birds offer in several respects the nearest analogy to language, for all the members of the same species utter the same instinctive cries expressive of their emotions; and all kinds which sing, exert their power instinctively…”
- Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man

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the researchers suggest that humans first had the ability to sing

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between 50,000 and 80,000 years ago, humans may have merged these two types of expression

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a nightingale may be able to recite from 100 to 200 different melodies

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like birds, we also have a melodic capacity and an ability to recombine parts of our uttered language

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old structures can change just a little bit, and acquire radically new functions

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birds sing learned melodies with what Berwick calls a “holistic” structure; the entire song has one meaning

Excerpts from How human language could have evolved from birdsong, a joint study between researchers at MIT and University of Tokyo.

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