The way you speak now was shaped by what your ancestors ate

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The way you speak now was shaped by what your ancestors ate

A farmer, left, ritualistically offers a small portion of food to god before eating her lunch while working at a rice field in Chunnikhel, Katmandu, Nepal. Languages evolve as societies develop and change, but the sounds we utter are also shaped, literally, by the placement of our jaw – and that is influenced by how we chew our food, researchers say in a report released Thursday in the journal Science.

The way you speak now was shaped by what your ancestors ate

A farmer, left, ritualistically offers a small portion of food to god before eating her lunch while working at a rice field in Chunnikhel, Katmandu, Nepal. Languages evolve as societies develop and change, but the sounds we utter are also shaped, literally, by the placement of our jaw – and that is influenced by how we chew our food, researchers say in a report released Thursday in the journal Science.
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