Re: Paper on chimp culture

Tim Rhodes (
Fri, 18 Jun 1999 08:46:43 -0700

From: "Tim Rhodes" <>
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Subject: Re: Paper on chimp culture
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 1999 08:46:43 -0700

Mario wrote:

>[...] So, humans had some capacities which made
>it possible that language emerged 'spontaneously' from their interactions.
That is
>one of the claims of our article: not that we are specially gifted with
>genes, but that several preadaptations (adaptations for other reasons than
>language) came together, from which language arose as a cultural

I have a mental image of our pre-australopithecine forbears having a type of
birdsong (or would that be ape-song) which, after they'd been playing with
it for a couple million years, gave them a leg-up in other types of

-Tim Rhodes

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