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Drum Roll Please

October 18, 2009

Scientists believe that human speech and language may have developed from gestures and hand actions. A new study shows that monkeys “drum” in the wild by “shaking branches” or “thumping on dead logs.” The drumming was observed to be a form of communication, which usually originates from the dominant male. The drumming may also give an indication of how musical abilities developed in humans. Neil Peart shouldn’t worry because these monkeys’ drumming skills are probably not as refined as his!

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