Article: “Correlations in the population structure of music, genes and language”

In a 2014 article, Steven Brown and colleagues demonstrate that music and genes may have coevolved by analyzing correlations between traditional folk songs and mitochondrial DNA among indigenous populations in Taiwan.  “These correlations were of comparable magnitude to those between language and genes for the same populations, although music and language were not significantly correlated with one another. […]  Music may therefore have the potential to serve as a novel marker of human migrations to complement genes, language and other markers” (Brown, et al 2014).

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