Ape gestures and language evolution.

  title={Ape gestures and language evolution.},
  author={Amy S Pollick and Frans B M de Waal},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={104 19},
The natural communication of apes may hold clues about language origins, especially because apes frequently gesture with limbs and hands, a mode of communication thought to have been the starting point of human language evolution. The present study aimed to contrast brachiomanual gestures with orofacial movements and vocalizations in the natural communication of our closest primate relatives, bonobos (Pan paniscus) and chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). We tested whether gesture is the more… CONTINUE READING
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