Colloquium paper: a role for relaxed selection in the evolution of the language capacity.

@article{Deacon2010ColloquiumPA,
  title={Colloquium paper: a role for relaxed selection in the evolution of the language capacity.},
  author={Terrence W. Deacon},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2010},
  volume={107 Suppl 2},
  pages={9000-6}
}
Explaining the extravagant complexity of the human language and our competence to acquire it has long posed challenges for natural selection theory. To answer his critics, Darwin turned to sexual selection to account for the extreme development of language. Many contemporary evolutionary theorists have invoked incredibly lucky mutation or some variant of the assimilation of acquired behaviors to innate predispositions in an effort to explain it. Recent evodevo approaches have identified… CONTINUE READING

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