MIT Expert Points Towards Ancient Cave Drawings as Origin Place of Homo Sapiens Language


Scientists believe that human language dates back to over 100,000 years ago. However, the one mystery that scientists are not able to solve is how did the language evolve over the course of time. What caused the Homo Sapiens to learn how to write and speak? This is one of the toughest questions that scientists are faced with and MIT’s Shigeru Miyagawa might have the answer to it.

Where Did Language Originate From?

Even though this is a speculative answer, Shigeru Miyagawa believes that ancient caves are the answer. The MIT expert is analyzing caves in order to understand how Homo Sapiens developed the skill to communicate with each other.

Studying Ancient Caves

Shigeru Miyagawa recently published a paper in the Frontier in Psychology where he explains how the ancient art that’s found in thousand year old caves is directly related to Homo Sapiens developing their language. The caves we are talking about are the ones where Homo Sapiens drew animals on the walls.

Shigeru Miyagawa and his team theorize that Homo Sapiens gathered around caves where the sound would echo. These caves are believed to have been “hot spots” in ancient times and that Homo Sapiens used the echoes to express themselves. Moreover, the cavemen would draw on the walls in order to explain the sound they were making.

In addition, those caves are also the place where scientists believe Homo Sapiens held their ritualistic enchantments. “I think it’s very clear that these artists were talking to one another. It’s a communal effort” says Myagawa.

Vitor Nobrega who the co-author and of Shigeru Miyagawa’s Frontier in Psychology paper said the following when asked about the basis of their theory: “We could speculate that human language emerged as an abstract symbolic system, while its expression – in the form of cave and rock art, or any modality – may have occurred very late”.

Erin VanDyke lives on her family farm and has more than 35 years of hands-on experience with the use of livestock guard dogs for predator control. On their farm, Jan and her family use corgis as herding dogs and have raised Shetland sheep, Fainting goats, Morgan and Trakehner horses, and historic breeds of chickens and turkeys. Erin is also an active beekeeper.


Related Posts