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Out of the Mouths of Primates, Facial Mechanics of Human Speech May Have Evolved

June 20, 2012

image of a chimpanzee Two recent studies based at Princeton University suggest that the oral-facial component of human speech evolved from lip smacking, a friendly back-and-forth gesture performed by primates such as chimpanzees, baboons and macaques. The studies suggest a separate neural control for facial mechanics in primates that could help illuminate the neurological basis of speech disorders in humans. Full Story

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