Apes, humans, and M. C. escher: Uniqueness and continuity in the evolution of language

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29 (3):289-290 (2006)

Abstract

Ontogeny, specifically the role of language in the human family now and in prehistory, is central to Locke & Bogin's (L&B's) thesis in a compelling way. The unique life-history stages of childhood and adolescence, however, must be interpreted not only against an exceptionally “high quality” human infancy but also in light of the evolution of co-constructed, emotionally based communication in ape, hominid, and human infancy.

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