Conversation topics for cavemen: worms, fires and family

05/8/2013 | ScienceMag.org

If you ever find yourself in a conversation with a caveman, there's a decent chance you'll be able to make yourself understood if you stick to topics such as fires and family. Researchers have found evidence that some English words -- including "fire," "ashes," and "mother" -- derive directly from phonetically similar words that were possibly in use up to 15,000 years ago.

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