The Singing Neanderthals

The Singing Neanderthals - Steven Mithen "The Singing Neanderthals" is not so much about Neanderthals as it is an exploration of the development of speech and music, starting from our distant ancestors clambering around in the tree tops to modern humans. The book discusses which areas of the brain, as well as which anatomical bits and pieces, are responsible for the evolution of speech and music. Everything from modern people with brain injuries or genetic defects, to group social functions, to primate vocalization/socialization, to the study of ancient hominid fossils, is covered in this book.

The book is fairly interesting, but some might find it overly technical and somewhat dry.