By Gary Tomlinson
What is the starting place of tune? within the previous couple of a long time this centuries-old puzzle has been reinvigorated by way of new archaeological proof and advancements within the fields of cognitive technology, linguistics, and evolutionary thought. during this path-breaking e-book, popular musicologist Gary Tomlinson attracts from those components to build a brand new narrative for the emergence of human track. beginning at a interval of human prehistory lengthy ahead of Homo sapiens or song existed, Tomlinson describes the incremental attainments that, via altering the conversation and society of prehumen species, laid the basis for musical behaviors in additional contemporary occasions. He strains in Neandertals and early sapiens the buildup and improvement of those capacities, and he info their coalescence into glossy musical habit around the final hundred millennia.
But A Million Years of tune is now not approximately tune 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 thrust 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 distinct species on this planet this present day and gives a brand new means of figuring out the looks of humanity in its smooth form.
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