The forgotten role of consonant-like calls in theories of speech evolution

Adriano R. Lameira*

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Abstract

Ackermann et al. provide an informative neurological road-map to primate call communication. However, the proposed model for speech evolution inadequately integrates comparative primate evidence. Critically, great ape voiceless calls are explicitly rendered unimportant, leaving the proposed model deprived of behavioral feedstock and proximate selective drivers capable of triggering the neurological transformations described by the authors in the primate brain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)559-560
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume37
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2014

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