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Writing wasn’t just invented once by a single person. Many different ancient societies invented writing at different times and places. www.shutterstock.com

Curious Kids: who came up with the first letters?

Writing has only been a part of the human story for the last 5,000 years. In comparison, humans began to communicate using speech some 50,000 years ago.
One way to see the value of meaning is to share information and cooperate with others. Mario Purisic/Unsplash

What do we mean by meaning? Science can help with that

The self-help books are full of advice on how to get meaning in life, but it helps to understand what meaning actually is. Science may be able to provide some answers.
Milling grain meant less wear and tear on neolithic teeth, which had other effects on language. Juan Aunion/Shutterstock.com

Softer, processed foods changed the way ancient humans spoke

Considering language from a biological perspective led researchers to the idea that new food processing technologies affected neolithic human beings' jaws – and allowed new language sounds to emerge.

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