Capacity for speech may have originated long before humans

Capacity for speech may have originated long before humans Listen closely to those baboon calls — they may tell you a thing or two about human speech. Scientists who studied baboons’ wahoos, yaks, barks and other vocalizations have found evidence of five vowel-like sounds – a sign that the physical capacity

Los Angeles Times

Baboons make five vowel-like sounds just like humans: Discovery could mean the origin of speech is much older than …

Human speech is thought to have come about relatively recently, within the last 70,000 to 100,000 years. Because of this, there has been little research into the links between the sounds made by non-human primates and the way we speak. But a new study …

Daily Mail

Baboons make vowel-like sounds, similar to humans

Paris (AFP) – Baboons make sounds that are similar to the vowels a,e,i,o and u, researchers said Wednesday, suggesting that some monkeys have had the physical capacity for language for millions of years. The findings in the journal PLOS ONE add a new …

Yahoo News

Can baboons make human-style vowel sounds?

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Christian Science Monitor

Baboons recorded making key sounds found in human speech

Baboon grunts and barks have more in common with human speech than we thought. The monkeys routinely produce five of the distinct vowel sounds found in our languages. Researchers typically link our ability to produce a range of vowels with the low …

Yahoo News

Capacity for speech may have originated long before humans

Language, which is part of what makes us human, is thought to have evolved within the last 100,000 years or so. Bolstering this relatively recent timeline, conventional wisdom holds that nonhuman primates are not capable of producing the five vowels

PLOS Research News

Baboons make vowel sounds similar to humans revealing the evolution of language, study finds

Baboons make five distinct vowel-like sounds much like humans, according to new research which suggests language began to evolve about 25 million years ago, much earlier than previously thought. It was thought that baboons, a type of monkey, lacked the …

The Independent

Baboons use vowel sounds strikingly similar to humans

For decades, scientists thought that most primates could not produce vowels, sounds fundamental to human speech. That’s because nonhumans supposedly lacked the necessary vocal anatomy. But now, researchers report that Guinea baboons, monkeys …

Science Magazine

Baboon vocalizations contain five vowel-like sounds comparable to those of human speech

An acoustical analysis of the grunts, barks, wahoos, copulation calls, and yaks from baboons shows that, like people who use several vowels during speech, these nonhuman primates make five distinct vowel-like sounds, according to a study published …

EurekAlert (press release)

Origin of language: Baboon ‘vowels’ show capacity for speech present 25 million years ago

When language first emerged in humans is a popular topic of debate. At present, the most popular theory dates it to between 70,000 and 100,000 years ago, but evidence is increasingly showing its origins go back much further, with researchers now

International Business Times UK

Baboons Speak Like Humans, Speech Evolved 25 Million Years Ago

One can say that the birth of language is a popular topic of debate among humans. In the present, though, a leading theory dates language back to 70,000 to 100,000 years ago. Baboons Can Speak Like Humans? However, recent evidence suggests that the …

Daily Disruption

Baboons can make human-style vowel sounds: study

Speech is one of the key characteristics that separate humans from their relatives, non-human primates. Widely-accepted theory is that humans have a low larynx, while primates have a high larynx, and one can’t produce various distinct vowel sounds

French Tribune

Monkey Say, Monkey Do: Baboons Can Make Humanlike Speech Sounds

To the untrained listener, a bunch of babbling baboons may not sound like much. But sharp-eared experts have now found that our primate cousins can actually produce humanlike vowel sounds. The finding suggests the last common ancestor of humans and …

Scientific American