Softer Diets Allowed Early Humans to Pronounce “F,” “V” Sounds
Softer Diets Allowed Early Humans to Pronounce “F,” “V” Sounds
Drastic dietary changes during the agricultural revolution altered the configuration of the human bite, paving the way for new sounds in spoken language, a new study finds.
Softer Diets Allowed Early Humans to Pronounce “F,” “V” Sounds
Softer Diets Allowed Early Humans to Pronounce “F,” “V” Sounds

Drastic dietary changes during the agricultural revolution altered the configuration of the human bite, paving the way for new sounds in spoken language, a new study finds.

Drastic dietary changes during the agricultural revolution altered the configuration of the human bite, paving the way for new sounds in spoken language, a new study finds.

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Duke Professor Urged Chinese Students to Speak English
Duke Professor Urged Chinese Students to Speak English
Carolyn Wilke | Jan 28, 2019
In an email, biostatistics professor Megan Neely warned students of “unintended consequences” from speaking their native language on campus. She has since left a leadership post.
Dialogue Improves Children’s Learning Abilities
Dialogue Improves Children’s Learning Abilities
Sukanya Charuchandra | Nov 1, 2018
Regardless of parental income and education, children who engage in more two-way conversation with their parents learn better.

Language Gene Dethroned
Language Gene Dethroned
Shawna Williams | Aug 3, 2018
Contrary to earlier results, FOXP2 did not undergo a “selective sweep” as humans developed language, a study finds.
Contributors
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Jul 1, 2018
Meet some of the people featured in the July/August 2018 issue of The Scientist.
Why Human Speech Is Special
Why Human Speech Is Special
Philip Lieberman | Jul 1, 2018
Evolutionary changes in both the vocal tract and the brain were necessary for humans’ remarkable gift of gab.
Koko the Signing Gorilla Dies at 46
Koko the Signing Gorilla Dies at 46
Shawna Williams | Jun 21, 2018
The primate was famous for her ability to communicate with humans.
The Wada Test, 1948
The Wada Test, 1948
Philip Jaekl | Nov 1, 2017
A decades-old neurological procedure developed under unique and difficult conditions in postwar Japan remains critical to the treatment of epilepsy.
Singing In the Brain
Singing In the Brain
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 1, 2017
His first love was dance, but Erich Jarvis has long courted another love—understanding how the brain learns vocalization.
Newest Life Science Additions to the Dictionary
Newest Life Science Additions to the Dictionary
Kerry Grens | Feb 8, 2017
Need help explaining CRISPR, epigenome, or rock snot? The Merriam-Webster dictionary has you covered.