August 02, 2004

From New Scientist comes a report that Family words came first for early humans One of a Neanderthal baby's first words was probably "papa", concludes one of the most comprehensive attempts to date to make out what the first human language was like.
Many of the estimated 6000 languages now spoken share common words and meanings, notably for kin names like "mama" and "papa". That has led some linguists to suggest that these words have been carried through from humans' original proto-language, spoken at least 50,000 years ago.
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Neanderthal Flute
43,000 - 82,000 - year old Cave Bear femur bone segment with 4 holes.
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