Further to National Geographic: Bonobo peeps point to human language origin ( No one even thinks of asking why, if baby bonobo peeping tells us about the roots of human language, it never did anything for the bonobos).
Apes close to speaking? No. (In the middle ages, it was implausible miracle stories that attracted attention, but today, it is implausible ape achievement stories. )
The agenda is so obvious, it stinks like the garbage on a hot summer night before the pickup.
For example, this just rolled out of the files: Neanderthals could talk? Warning: Concept now used to claim that language was no big leap after all.
Note that if bonobos “peep,” that shows they are on the verge of speaking. But Neanderthals did speak (of course they did), that shows it isn’t a big achievement.
Much of what is called evolutionary biology, in connection with humans, is actually glorified pop science seeking confirmation of claims that disconfirm themselves.
Is Monday garbage day in your neighbourhood too?
Can we talk? Language as the business end of consciousness
Neanderthal Man: The long-lost relative turns up again, this time with documents