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A Season’s Pick
A Million Years of Music Featured in Nature Magazine

This month in Nature Magazine, Mary Craig selects Gary Tomlinson’s A Million Years of Music: The Emergence of Human Modernity as a season’s highlight pick. Click here to learn more about the book.Click here to read the full list of picks. An excerpt appears below:

“‘Musical expression is a universal characteristic of our species.’ Musicologist Gary Tomlinson explores the reaches of that idea, and to what extent the traits essential to music-making can be seen as evolutionary behaviours, traceable across human history. Expertly interweaving humanities and science, Tomlinson demonstrates how the answers to philosophical questions surrounding modern music can be discovered in their ancient origins.”