David Bowler wrote:
> I believe the research is based on the little bones that support the
> larynx (the hyoid bone or bones, if I remember rightly.) These
> apparently do fossilise, and from these the researchers were able to
> estimate the size and form of the larynx, and hence the pitch of the
> How reliable the results were I don't know. If only we could ask a
> Neanderthal, we would know the answer as soon as he said Hello.
From the position of the larynx, they have been able to derive an estimate
of its size. This is reasonable enough, as long as you don't make it the
basis of further deductions.
From the size of the larynx, they have deduced the pitch of the voice...