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Comment 3 by JoxerTheMighty :

What makes me wonder is how natural selection worked on this. Maybe males with better linguistic skills were able to woo chicks better? :P

Chatting up the ladies probably helped pass on genes, but I think there's also survival value in understanding, "Don't mess with a female mammoth if she's got young with her," or "Watch out for snakes in the long grass down by the river." Not to mention an advantage for your genes in other members of the tribe if you can yell out, "Tiger!" half a second before it becomes visible to everyone else.

Sun, 23 Oct 2011 19:17:47 UTC | #883461