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The roots of human music may go back to our primate ancestors developing elaborate calls to advertise that they were willing and able to perform death-defying leaps from tree to tree

By Colin Barras
A young chimpanzee swinging from a tree
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Our primate ancestors might have become protomusical to advertise their ability to perform death-defying leaps from tree to tree.
Why humans make and appreciate music is an evolutionary mystery. Music is a hugely important part of our lives and often involves powerful emotions, says Edward Hagen at Washington State University. But he says we still dont fully understand why it has this hold over us.
David Schruth at the University of Washington and his colleagues have a new explanation. They say the roots of human music can be traced …