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That’s a very basic building block, and perhaps the only one we’ll ever obtain, towards figuring out the language of our prehistoric ancestors. Obviously, if you subscribe to 10,000 B.C., they spoke English–but really, what did the caveman say?
Well, really, it’s possible he didn’t say it at all– he sang it.
Assuming that neanderthals had the physical capacity for speech, as most research since 1983 seems to support, there’s some evidence that to our humanoid counterparts early language and early music were the same thing. Neanderthals, then, may have communicated by singing, as much as speaking, using voices that are described as “womanly” and “melodic” to make their wishes known, a relative to the “songs” of chimpanzees.
Obviously, this is all just speculation, as there’s no way to obtain any record of the communication methods of such a long-gone species.
We’ll even throw in a free album.