By Gary Tomlinson

What is the starting place of tune? within the previous few a long time this centuries-old puzzle has been reinvigorated by means of new archaeological facts and advancements within the fields of cognitive technological know-how, linguistics, and evolutionary idea. during this path-breaking e-book, popular musicologist Gary Tomlinson attracts from those parts to build a brand new narrative for the emergence of human track. beginning at a interval of human prehistory lengthy earlier than Homo sapiens or song existed, Tomlinson describes the incremental attainments that, via altering the verbal exchange and society of prehumen species, laid the basis for musical behaviors in additional contemporary instances. He strains in Neandertals and early sapiens the buildup and improvement of those capacities, and he information their coalescence into glossy musical habit around the final hundred millennia.But A Million Years of track is no longer approximately tune by myself. Tomlinson builds a version of human evolution that revises our realizing 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 qualities: 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 far of what makes us a special species on this planet at the present time and gives a brand new approach of figuring out the looks of humanity in its glossy form.

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