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Neanderthal's Heard Speech

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by The Hammer, May 12, 2021.

  1. The Hammer

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    Neandertals Probably Perceived Speech Quite Well - Scientific American

    "Conde-Valverde and her team made 3-D scans using computerized tomography to construct digital models of the structures of the inner ears of five Neandertals. They then compared the sound transmissions within the simulated organs with those of the ears of modern humans, older hominins and chimpanzees. This analysis enabled the Spanish researchers to deduce which pitches each ear was best attuned to. The wider the frequency band that can be detected, the more acoustic signals can be contained within it, enabling the transmission of a distinguishable signal in a short interval. The results from this work is clear: the frequency bandwidth of modern human and Neandertal ears do not differ significantly.

    Neandertals could therefore hear language just as well as we do—with an acoustic sensorium that is optimally tuned to the frequencies that are particularly relevant for understanding human speech. In contrast to ears of H. heidelbergensis individuals from Spain’s Sima de los Huesos cave, which were analyzed for comparison, Neandertals could hear better at frequencies of four to five kilohertz, an acoustic capacity comparable to that of modern humans. The band of frequencies Neandertals could perceive was also as wide as that of humans."
     
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  2. sun rise

    sun rise "This is the Hour of God"
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    Hey bro, whats up?
     
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    Isn't evolution wonderful. Humans wound up with ears instead of fins or tails.
     
  4. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    Chuckle. I saw the thread title and thought, who was speaking and what was the subject of the speech.. i hope it wasn't one of buffoon Boris's interminable monologues or trump's waffles they would be enough to make them die of boredom.

    Sorry, just the way my mind ticks, actually a very interesting OP. I have often wondered how cro magnon heared with their bigger, thicker skull than modern humans.
     
  5. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    Humans have tails, or at least vestigial tails, the coccyx
     
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    Much higher pitch then I expected.
     
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    And a few have vestigial brains.
     
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    I'll bet they could even understand what Charlie Brown's teacher was saying.
     
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  9. Aupmanyav

    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

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    A few! I would say many. Perhaps the majority.
     
  10. Brian2

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    No wonder they went extinct with voices like that. They probably died of embarrassment when the humans started laughing at them.
     
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  11. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    Can't say ive seen or heard of that one, do you have any evidence, scientific or medical research for example?
     
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