This chapter places the human capacity for singing in an evolutionary context. It surveys the archeological evidence for the anatomical adaptations on which the ability to sing depends, including those related to auditory perception and its link to controlled phonation. The question of why humans have two communicative systems – speech and song – is addressed, as well as some of the developmental inhibitions that arise from these overlapping behaviors.
|Title of host publication||The Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Studies in Singing|
|Editors||F. Russo, B. Ilari, A. Cohen|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2020|