Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Neanderthal Man Speaks
Robert McCarthy, an assistant professor of anthropology at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla., used ancient skeletons to reconstruct an approximation of the Neanderthal vocal tract — and then had a computer recreate the sounds it would make.Deciphering fossil clues to understand our prehistoric ancestors is a fascinating and daunting task. To hear a "conservation" with a Neanderthal click here.
"They would have spoken a bit differently," McCarthy tells New Scientist magazine. "They wouldn't have been able to produce these quantal vowels that form the basis of spoken language."
McCarthy explained quantal vowels as sounds that are recognizable as "a" or "o," for example, no matter how high- or low-pitched the speaker's voice is.
All one has to do is read quotes from the people who are the subject of the posts on either side of this thread on your blog.
Sorry, I had not gone to the link at the bottom. Thanks for pointing that out.
I haven't seen much in the way of the media or even blogs attempting to remind us of what memorial day is all about.
Sad. But what is more sad is the fact many of today's kids don't even have any idea.
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