Shape and size, their role in nominal classification systems and the hierarchy of sense modalities in tropical forests

Modern humans almost certainly evolved in open savannas, and most researchers now consider that language developed an early stage of dispersal. It would therefore be unsurprising if the sense modalities of languages co-evolved with survival strategies in such an environment. The dates for the first occupation of dense tropical forests is more controversial, but archaeology suggests that it was significantly later, certainly in the Amazon and probably in equatorial Africa and SE Asia.

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