We've long believed that music as we know it is unique to our species. But as Anthony shows us, not only is this untrue, but in fact, human music may have been started by a little bird deep in the Amazon jungle.
I'm singing in the rainforest
"The origin of human music has long been the subject of intense discussion between philosophers, cultural scientists and naturalists. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen, Germany and Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, US, have now found striking parallels between our music and the song of a small brown bird living in the Amazon region."
O Canto do Uirapuru: Consonant intervals and patterns in the song of the musician wren
"People have long recognized a similarity between bird and other animal songs and human music. Bird and animal imitations are used in music from around the world, and cultures as diverse as the Luiseño people of California, the Tuvans, and the ancient Chinese have credited animals with the origin of music."
Divje Babe Flute
"The Divje Babe Flute is a cave bear femur pierced by spaced holes that was found in 1995 at the Divje Babe archeological park located near Cerkno in northwestern Slovenia."
Neanderthal Bone Flute Music
Where Does Music Come From?
"Music ought to be one of the greatest human mysteries, the one kids say they're going to grow up and solve. Why does it exist? Why do we love it?"
Humans Are the World's Best Pattern-Recognition Machines, But for How Long?
"Not only are machines rapidly catching up to - and exceeding - humans in terms of raw computing power, they are also starting to do things that we used to consider inherently human. They can feel emotions like regret. They can daydream. So what is - exactly - that humans still do better than machines?"
Chimp calls suggest language evolved from a song
"Was the evolution of spoken language more of a song or a dance? The responses of chimpanzees to a stuffed snake suggest it might have been more like a stage show, with vocal and gestural modes of communication both being fundamental building blocks of language."
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