Our Speech Comes From Chatty Fish
July 21, 2008 2:39pm CST
Human speech originated from fish vocalizations. Fish were the first gossips on planet Earth. They were the first listeners with ears as well, according to scientists. The chatty species today is called the Midshipman Fish. * Said scientists mapped developing brain cells in newly hatched Midshipman Fish larvae and compared them to those of other species. They found that the chirp of a bird, the bark of a dog and all the other sounds that come out of animals' mouths are the products of the neural circuitry probably laid down hundreds of millions of years ago with the hums and grunts of fish. * Today, Midshipman fish are still chatting it up and annoying their house boating neighbors in San Francisco Bay during mating season.