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Musical instruments, tools, language and genetic data reveal ancient hunter-gatherer networks

Central Africa is home to the greatest number of hunter-gatherers remaining in the world, but the origins of their culture remain unclear. We compiled a dataset of Central African hunter-gatherer musical instruments, subsistence tools, specialized vocabulary and genome-wide single-nucleotide polymorphism data, which revealed ancient networks of cultural and linguistic exchange that spanned thousands of kilometres.

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Fig. 1: Decomposing genomes of CAHGs.


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This is a summary of: Padilla-Iglesias, C. et al. Deep history of cultural and linguistic evolution among Central African hunter-gatherers. Nat. Hum. Behav. (2024).

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Musical instruments, tools, language and genetic data reveal ancient hunter-gatherer networks. Nat Hum Behav (2024).

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