Ancient hominid ears were tuned to high frequencies

Paranthropus robustus skull and ear anatomy

Scientists generated a 3-D virtual reconstruction of the ear anatomy for this Paranthropus robustus skull and for two other ancient South African hominids. New findings suggest these hominids could hear high-frequency sounds needed to discern certain consonants.

Rolf Quam

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