Do All Human Languages Derive From A Single Source?

Some paleolinguists have floated the idea of an original human language they call “Proto-Sapiens.” Is that what our ancestors were speaking when they built the Tower of Babel?

A diorama showing ancient cavemen inside the National Museum of Mongolian History in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Wikimedia.

A diorama showing ancient cavemen inside the National Museum of Mongolian History in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Wikimedia.

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Oct. 21 2020
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