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How did vocal behavior “take over” the gestural communication system?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 March 2014

Francisco Aboitiz*
Departamento de Psiquiatría, Facultad de Medicina, and Centro Interdisciplinario de Neurociencia, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile, E-mail:


In this commentary, I argue (i) that there are some peripheral homologies between the monkey and the human vocalization systems; (ii) that complex vocal learning can be achieved without need of a voluntary hand grasping circuit; and (iii) that in the monkey there are rudimentary circuits that can convey auditory information into Broca's region, via the “ventral pathway” but also via the arcuate or the superior longitudinal fasciculi.

Comparing the macaque and human brain
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