The genetics of Languages [Video]

English: DNA Double Helix
DNA Double Helix (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In the past, we have written a few posts about genetics, either on how it can help us recognize faces at crime scenes or helps us understand what the bulk of DNA is doing inside our cells, but can our knowledge of genetics help us learn more about our languages?

Anthropologist Peter Whitley and Computational Biologist Ward Wheeler used logic from gene sequencing to study the origins of languages in native America. Here is the video from the series Shelf Life being produced by the American Museum of Natural History.








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