Brain science, genetics, and the evolutionary origin of language

From the time of the caveman to the present, language has evolved as a tool of communication, a way to convey ideas and thoughts, and as a way of keeping secrets.

But the language that we use today has evolved differently, as new genetic, anatomical, and evolutionary studies shed light on the origins of language.

Here’s what we know about language evolution and what we need to know about how it works.