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Author Mithen, Steven J.

Title The singing neanderthals : the origins of music, language, mind, and body / Steven Mithen.

Publication Info. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2006.
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 95th Street Adult Nonfiction  780.901 MIT    AVAILABLE
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Description ix, 374 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Note "First published in 2005 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson Ltd, London"--Title page verso.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-360) and index.
Contents The need for an evolutionary history of music -- The present. More than cheesecake? : the similarities and differences between music and language ; Music without language : the brain, aphasia, and musical savants ; Language without music : acquired and congenital amusia ; The modularity of music and language : music processing within the brain ; Talking and singing to baby : brain maturation, language learning, and perfect pitch ; Music hath charms and can heal : music, emotion, medicine, and intelligence -- The past. Grunts, barks and gestures : communication by monkeys and apes ; Songs on the savannah : the origin of 'hmmmm' communication ; Getting into rhythm : the evolution of bipedalism and dance ; Imitating nature : communication about the natural world ; Singing for sex : is music a product of sexual selection? ; The demands of parenthood : human life history and emotional development ; Making music together : the significance of cooperation and social bonding ; Neanderthals in love : 'hmmmmm' communication by homo neanderthalensis ; The origin of language : the origin of homo sapiens and the segmentation of 'hmmmmm' ; A mystery explained, but not diminished : modern human dispersal, communicating with the Gods, and the remnants of 'hmmmmm'.
Subject Music -- Origin.
Music -- Psychological aspects.
Human evolution.
ISBN 0674021924
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