The ‘language gene’ didn’t give humans a big leg up in evolution

The effects of genetic tweaks to FOXP2 have been debated for years

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TALKING EVOLUTION  A gene called FOXP2 was probably important for the evolution of language, but the language gene didn’t provide humans an evolutionary advantage as a species, new research suggests.

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