evolution of language
Understanding numbers as cognitive technology
The Whorf hypothesis says language shapes human thought. A small indigenous group with few number words puts the idea to the test.
The Kebara 2 hyoid speaks for itself, but is it a Neandertal?
An analysis of the internal bone distribution of the Kebara 2 hyoid bone shows a pattern of forces similar to speakers of modern languages.
The FoxP2 protein sequence from Neandertals and Denisovans is shared by many people today
A study of sequence variation shows a possible selected change among living people, but many still have a form shared with Neandertals and Denisovans.
Did human language evolve as a spandrel?
A critical look at the point of view that human language did not originate from its adaptive role in communication, but from other cognitive functions.