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Seeking the Key to Music

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Science  12 Nov 2004:
Vol. 306, Issue 5699, pp. 1120-1122
DOI: 10.1126/science.306.5699.1120

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READING, ENGLAND-- Why did the ability to carry a tune evolve? At an unusual, high-level meeting, researchers pondered whether music helped our ancestors survive and reproduce or whether it is merely a happy evolutionary accident.