When Did Human Language First Appear?


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What clear evidence exists for the minimum age of language, meaning it can be no younger than a certain age?

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1. Based on humans being the only species with language, we can establish that language can be no older than _____ based on estimation of when we last shared an ancestor with chimpanzees.

2. The majority of researchers and theorists estimate the first languages appeared when?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The history of human language will be the focus of these multiple-choice assessments. Quiz/worksheet questions will test how much you about key points like the evidence for the minimum age of language and the oldest that human language can be.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be quizzed on the following topics:

  • Time period of the first human languages
  • Evidence used to link language's age with the development of Acheulean tools
  • Behavior change linked to mutations in the FOXP2 gene

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - make sure you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the history of human language, like the youngest and oldest that human language could be
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the potential result of mutations in the FOXP2 gene
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what Acheulean tools may indicate about the age of language

Additional Learning

You can explore more about the history of human language with the lesson called When Did Human Language First Appear?. These key areas will be studied:

  • Stone Age cave paintings and bone carvings
  • Hominids
  • Behavior patterns associated with language
  • The mutations needed to communicate via sound