Brain and Behavior

Brain Development

Is there evidence of language in hominid skulls?

Indentations on the inside of Homo habilis skulls (Homo habilis lived about two million years ago) suggest an enlarged area around the location of Broca’s area, a central region for speech production in modern humans. While we cannot know if this area was connected to speech in Homo habilis brains, we can suggest that at least a precursor to modern language regions of the brain was present at a very early point in hominid evolution.


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