Dutch researchers argue that the last common ancestor we shared with the Neanderthals around half a million years ago, shared speech and language with modern humans.

They believe that the origins of out modern language are ten times older than previously thought.

The scientists at the Max Planck Institute in the Netherlands are interested in the implications for understanding present day linguistic diversity…

Psycholinguistics researchers Dan Dediuand Stephen C. Levinson, said that far from being slow brutes, their cognitive capacities and culture were comparable to ours.