Ancestral human mother–infant interaction was an adaptation that gave rise to music and dance

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 44 (2021)
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Human infants are born ready to respond to affiliative signals of a caretaker's face, body, and voice. This ritualized behavior in ancestral mothers and infants was an adaptation that gave rise to music and dance as exaptations for promoting group ritual and other social bonding behaviors, arguing for an evolutionary relationship between mother and infant bonding and both music and dance.



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