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Five fundamental constraints on theories of the origins of music

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The diverse forms and functions of human music place obstacles in the way of an evolutionary reconstruction of its origins. In the absence of any obvious homologues of human music among our closest primate relatives, theorizing about its origins, in order to make progress, needs constraints from the nature of music, the capacities it engages, and the contexts in which it occurs. Here we propose and examine five fundamental constraints that bear on theories of how music and some of its feature...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1098/rstb.2014.0095

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
SAME
Sub department:
Social & Cultural Anthropology
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Author
Publisher:
Royal Society Publisher's website
Journal:
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences Journal website
Volume:
370
Issue:
1664
Article number:
20140095
Publication date:
2015-01-01
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EISSN:
1471-2970
ISSN:
0962-8436
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615031
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pubs:615031
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uuid:b68c9995-d278-43a1-91ac-0f2a108cd374
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pubs:615031
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2016-04-13

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