First language
Quién
Unknown
Qué
first
Dónde
Israel (Mt Carmel)
Cuándo
45,000 BC
The ability to articulate is believed to be dependent upon physiological changes in the height of the larynx between Homo erectus and Homo sapiens sapiens which occurred c. 45,000 BC. The discovery of a hyoid bone (from the base of the tongue) from a cave site on Mt Carmel, Israel shows that Neanderthal man may have been capable of speech 60,000 years ago, but the usual dating is 50,000-30,000 BC.