> Aine wrote:
> > Bipedalism may well be a purely physiological mechanism. But
> > what about language? IMO that's as instinctive as walking
> > upright and may well date back just as long. (I have a really
> > hard time believing no one spoke until 40,000 years ago. To
> > the whole idea is ludicrous.)
> I agree. It is pretty clear that vocal communication is not
> even restricted to humans though humans have evolved the brain
> capacity to take vocalization to the next level of abstraction
> and symbolization.
> Imo, language is the merely the most sophisticated
> manifestation of communication used by many animals and most
> assuredly by our ancient ancestors.
> Funny, my son's family used to have a little Maltese
> terrier/poodle cross with a real attitude. Once in a while he
> would get under foot and you would accidentally step on his
> He would respond with a pissed off sounding, sentence-length,
> You knew exactly what he was saying, lol. "Watch out where
> you're going you big, fat oaf...."
> Or something to that effect.
Agree totally with this. I don't know where the idea that we're the only ones who can communicate on that level comes from. We're not special at all, and since all species communicate, it doesn't seem so special that we can, too.
I know what you mean about the dog. My cats are like that, too. I have two--one is 2 years old and the other is about 10 months old now. The baby is just nuts, even for a kitten. She's a tortie and they're notorious for their attitudes. A real diva. Sometimes when she's up to her antics, the older one will get this look on her face and a meow that says "Please make her stop! She's driving me craaaazeeee!", in such a way that you know exactly what she's trying to say. LOL