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The genetics of Languages [Video]

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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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RotM: Interview with Dr. Steven Churchill

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In continuation of our newly introduced, Researcher of the Month (RotM) series, we spoke to Professor Steven Churchill, professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University
Prof. Churchill specializes in human paleontology and his research interests include studying archaic and modern humans of the Middle and Late Pleistocene era.  In his recently published paper in Current Anthropology, Prof. Churchill and his team discuss the 'feminization' of human skull and origins of the life that we live today.  Here's Prof. Churchill, telling us more about his findings. 

CTS: For the benefit of our readers, please tell us about the fresh perspective that your recent findings have provided on the origins of Behavioral modernity?  SC: Humans are remarkably socially tolerant compared to most other animals.  We often gather with strangers in large numbers without violence (something that would not happen with chimpanzees, for example), and we are exceedingly cooperative.  Social lea…