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Monkey-Human Ancestors Got Music 30 Million Years Ago

Music skills evolved at least 30 million years ago in the common ancestor of humans and monkeys, according to a new study that could help explain why chimpanzees drum on tree roots and monkey calls sound like singing.


So the researchers figured that squirrel monkeys detect novel patterns in musical sequences because they stare longer, as if to say, "Huh?"?

And how does it follow that musical pattern recognition evolved before language patterning between our common ancestors 30 million years ago?

I see the sense in the assumption, but I'm not following the logic from the study to the conclusion.