[Marxism] Re: Darwin/Marx

Adam Levenstein cleon42 at yahoo.com
Tue May 4 14:02:15 MDT 2004


--- David McDonald <dbmcdonald at comcast.net> wrote:
> Carrol--
> 
> What is your authority in asserting that language is only 50,000
> years
> old? Not challenging, just curious.

There's been some debate about exactly *when* language developed;
modern humans, homo sapiens sapiens, have probably *always* had it (and
we've been around about 120,000 years). Whether other species of humans
and proto-humans had it (and to what level) is a matter of some debate.
It's possible that as far back as homo habilis (about 2 and a half
million years) we've had *some* form of rudimentary speech, but
biological anthropologists are not of universal opinion on the subject.

But, of course, there's no way to know for certain.

(See www.talkorigins.org - this is off-topic, and there's lots of good
info on human evolution there.)

Adam





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