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Science  03 Apr 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5923, pp. 39
DOI: 10.1126/science.1172660

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Origins of Human Communication. By Michael Tomasello. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2008. 407 pp. $36, £23.95. ISBN 9780262201773.

Tomasello argues for the importance of social interactions in an evolutionary transformation from pointing and pantomiming to human vocal communication.