Re: re carrying things in teeth

Deus Ex Machina (X8H1@MUSIC.STLAWU.EDU)
Fri, 8 Mar 1996 18:11:14 EST

I am no expert but as I understand it Neandertals didn't necessarily
carry anything in their mouth but they used their teeth as a third hand.
This might be helpful when trying to cut a piece of meat to eat as is
sometimes illustrated or maybe they gnawed and chewed hides to soften
them. I would say though that even if they did carry anything in their
mouth it wouldn't preclude them from spoken language. Anyway it would
also seem to me to be a very inefficient way to carry anything.
I think someone said it best when they said that Neand. spoke a full
blown language with not necessarily the same sounds but nonetheless
a full blown lang.
I don't know if this is helpful but, well there's my thoughts
--Matthew Joanis
St. Lawrence Univ.

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