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Human Hearing and Evolution

The earth has been here for around 4.5 billion years, humans as we know them have been here for around 200,000. Obviously I’m not a scientist, but when I think of evolution I am envisioning an incredibly slow biological adaptation to the environment and the needs of the organism to survive. So it’s inexplicably mysterious to think about how this incredibly sophisticated sense has evolved in such a short period of time. Not only did our hearing evolve to its current state, but the neural connections between our brain and what we hear developed as well. And it was this development that lead to language and music. Somehow all of this happened very quickly, at least in evolutionary terms.

It’s instructive to think that crocodiles have been here for around 200 million years, with very little happening in the evolutionary department. And yet in 200,000 years we somehow adapted our aural perceptions to invent languages and create music and art. Why? And to what end?

What oddly beautiful, strange, and dangerous creatures we are