When Eve Laughed: The origin of language Part 2

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The massive increase in brain-size accompanying the emergence of genus Homo and subsequently Homo sapiens was made possible by new strategies of cooperative childcare. Grandmothers were crucial here. Female-led coalitions played a central role in establishing the rituals and egalitarian dynamics necessary for language to emerge. In addition to the latest archaeological research,  this talk will draw on hunter-gatherer studies to show how men communicate with birds and beasts and how women use laughter as a levelling device.

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Speaker(s): Chris Knight