Molecular geneticists propose that all living human beings are descendants of a single woman who lived about 350,000 years ago. Evolutionary linguists propose that the cladogram of all human languages follows closely the cladogram of the molecular geneticists. Does it then folow that all of modern English derives from the language spoken by our prehistoric mother? And, if so, how is it that synonyms arise?
"Prehistory in Action,"
Word Ways: Vol. 25
, Article 16.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol25/iss3/16