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Once again: Did Neanderthals speak?

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Some enterprising researchers actually looked into this: in considerable detail and find that they did have the anatomical properties to enable speech:

“The Neanderthal voice box is a lot bigger than ours,” says Martelli. The voice box, or larynx, is essentially the echo chamber within which the voice resonates. A bigger, differently shaped echo chamber affects the phonetic quality of the sounds that come out of it. “We can get the model to produce a very convincing ‘oo’ and ‘ee’ sound, but the ‘ah’ comes out quite different.” The Neanderthal “ah,” it seems, would have been closer to “uh” or a combination of “ah” and “uh” that is difficult for us modern humans to render phonetically. (Readers in the United States should be able to watch a video here). Anna Goldfield, “The Neanderthal Throat—Did Neanderthals Speak?” at Sapiens

At the Sapiens site, Goldfield offers some sound files that might represent Neanderthal vs, current vocalization.

See also: Can we talk? Language as the business end of consciousness


Neanderthal Man: The long-lost relative turns up again, this time with documents

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AaronS1978 It is really hard to tell if you are deliberately stupid or justt joking. There is almost no difference between Neaderthals and normal humans if you take away the fictional drawings of half gorilla people. Neaderthals are normal people just like everyone else and there are people today with their characteristics along with others. If you found a midget skeleton and held the silly darwinism religious dogma, you would say its another missing link out of the naturalistic stupidiy. It is shocking to how pathetic and useless science has become with all these fictional nonsense after nonsense as failed attempt to avoid the truth out of their own depravity, in the end noone can escape from the Wrath of God. There was nothing physical more than 6000 years ago and there's no way humans could survive much longer based on how genetics are degrading and losing information with each generataion, the only reason to hold such ridiculous dates is carbon-dating which has been proven wrong so many times, there is literally no recorded history at all from before 4000 years ago, all post-flood civilizations and languages appear at the same time around 2200 BC and Neaderthals are the same as any other human. Kirikagure
If they were humans yes they most certainly spoke if they actually weren’t humans I don’t see how we could assume that they did, they might have a voice box like many other things, but if they don’t have the proper wiring in the brain and structures they wouldn’t be able to speak. we actually need a whole lot of things to be able to create speech AaronS1978

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