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Music, Language, and Human Evolution$
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Nicholas Bannan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199227341

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199227341.001.0001

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Music as an Emergent Exaptation

Music as an Emergent Exaptation

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Music, Language, and Human Evolution

Ian Cross

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the role of music as an emergent exaptation of the later hominin lineage. It describes a model that provides a basis for considering music and language to be analogous systems of communication and suggests that language was an adaptive factor in human evolution and played an important role in enabling and sustaining cognitive and social proficiency. It also contends that music emerged as a consequence of the progressive extension and stage differentiation of the juvenile period in the later hominin lineage.

Keywords:   music, emergent exaptation, hominins, language, communication, human evolution, cognitive proficiency, social proficiency

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