Times to Fight and Times to Relax: Singing and Humming at The Beginnings of Human Evolutionary History

  • Joseph Jordania
Keywords: Human Evolutionary History

Abstract

The article discusses the function of music in human evolution and suggests that music initially had a binary form of expression, serving several important adaptive functions of physical survival. These two main forms of expressions were:

(1) Loud and rhythmically precisely organized singing, coupled with threatening body movements, loud drumming and stone throwing. This form was a key factor for (a) defending hominids from predators, (b) providing them with protein-rich food via aggressive scavenging, and (3) strengthenng bonds between the group members;

(2) Soft and gentle humming, which was a key factor to allow hominids (1) to maintain contact within group, (2) to watch out for predators, and (3) to relax.

 

 

How to Cite
JordaniaJ. (1). Times to Fight and Times to Relax: Singing and Humming at The Beginnings of Human Evolutionary History. KADMOS, (1), 252-276. Retrieved from https://kadmos.iliauni.edu.ge/index.php/kadmos/article/view/27
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