Possible preadaptations to speech. A preliminary comparative

  title={Possible preadaptations to speech. A preliminary comparative},
  author={Marc Verhaegen and Stephen Munro},
  journal={Human Evolution},
Human language is a unique phenomenon and its evolutionary origins are uncertain. In this paper we attempt to explore some of the preadaptations that might have contributed to the origin of human speech.The comparative approach we use is based on the assumption that all features of a species are functional, and that all features can be compared with those of other animals and correlated with certain lifestyles. Using this method we attempt to reconstruct the different evolutionary pathways of… 
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