Humans have evolved language, but they have given up this skill, only chimpanzees can keep it!
It’s a miracle that human beings stand out among many creatures and become the masters of the earth. None of the ancient creatures that once existed on the earth is weaker than human beings. Human beings have a great advantage in body shape and limbs. Standing at the top of the food chain with only a small brain, they have to admire human abilities. Since the emergence of human beings, language has gradually formed.
The formation and disappearance of language
A long time ago, language existed in a special form. There were more than 7000 languages in the world. With the changes of the times, many languages are dying out. Now there are only more than 1000 languages left. If there is no record of the lost languages in the history books, it will have to end. Language is the simplest way for human beings to express their thoughts directly through language. According to the observation of scientists, human beings are not the only ones who understand language. For example, parrots learn human language through certain exercises. Humans have evolved language, but they have given up this skill, only chimpanzees can keep it!
However, what it can do is to imitate, instead of having the characteristics of human language. The main reason is that human beings have a unique brain. The language formed is evolved through image symbols, and then developed into words, forming a mature human civilization, and the fire can continue. Human evolution is synchronized with language. Someone once analyzed the birth of human language by studying genes and found a gene, FOXP2, which exists in all mammals. According to statistics, there are hundreds of genes in chimpanzees, which is twice as many as in humans.
Some professional scientists believe that this is a kind of genetic variation. The ancestors of human beings are ancient apes. In the course of evolution, FOXP2 gene is constantly changing. This variation enables human beings to have stronger level control and richer language. As the saying goes, if you don’t see a person, you should hear his voice first. Everyone’s timbre is different, changeable voice can distinguish a person’s identity.
Chimpanzees have a skill that humans don’t have
In the whole vast nature, gene mutation is a common natural phenomenon, because there are some small problems in cell replication mechanism, which leads to this situation. Not all mutations will harm health. FOXP2 gene mutation promotes the development of human society and makes human language more perfect. Among them, chimpanzees are recognized as the most genetically similar creatures to humans, but chimpanzees have a skill that humans do not have, that is, instantaneous memory. Although humans master language, in the course of evolution, instantaneous memory gradually degenerates with the progress of language.
In a sense, language can facilitate memory. Instantaneous memory refers to remembering major and minor things in a short period of time. Perhaps this is the price that human beings have to pay for the formation of language in the long evolution. The so-called gain and loss. Although we have gained a variety of languages, we have lost some important things. What do you think of the formation of human language? You can leave a message for interaction.