Humans’ music and genes may have evolved together

By Ashley Yeager, 11:09 AM November 13, 2013

Music may be a tool scientists can use to trace human migrations.

Researchers analyzed traditional folk songs and the mitochondrial DNA among nine indigenous populations of Taiwan and found an association between the diversity of the groups’ music and the variation in the groups’ genetic material.

The results provide the first measurable evidence that variation in music and genes can develop at the same time, the team reports November 12 in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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