By Gary Tomlinson

What is the foundation of tune? within the previous few a long time this centuries-old puzzle has been reinvigorated via new archaeological facts and advancements within the fields of cognitive technology, linguistics, and evolutionary thought. during this path-breaking e-book, well known musicologist Gary Tomlinson attracts from those parts to build a brand new narrative for the emergence of human tune. beginning at a interval of human prehistory lengthy ahead of Homo sapiens or tune existed, Tomlinson describes the incremental attainments that, through altering the verbal exchange and society of prehumen species, laid the basis for musical behaviors in additional fresh occasions. He strains in Neandertals and early sapiens the buildup and improvement of those capacities, and he information their coalescence into smooth musical habit around the final hundred millennia.But A Million Years of song is no longer approximately track by myself. Tomlinson builds a version of human evolution that revises our knowing of the interplay of biology and tradition throughout evolutionary time-scales, tough and enriching present versions of our deep heritage. As he tells his tale, he attracts in different rising human characteristics: language, symbolism, a metaphysical mind's eye and the ritual it provides upward push to, complicated social constitution, and using complicated applied sciences. Tomlinson's version of evolution permits him to account for a lot of what makes us a special species on this planet at the present time and offers a brand new manner of realizing the looks of humanity in its smooth form.

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