1. Cooking And Evolution: Did Softer Foods Give Us The F-Word? : The Salt  NPR
  2. Ancient switch to soft food gave us an overbite—and the ability to pronounce 'f's and 'v's  Science Magazine
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Some linguists are arguing that the advent of softer food, thousands of years ago, led to changes in biting patterns and eventually, to more frequent use of sounds like "f" and "v" in human language. Some linguists are arguing that the advent of softer food, thousands of years ago, led to changes in biting patterns and eventually, to more frequent use of sounds like "f" and "v" in human language.

Cooking And Evolution: Did Softer Foods Give Us The F-Word? : The Salt : NPR

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Ancient switch to soft food gave us an overbite—and the ability to pronounce ‘f’s and ‘v’s | Science | AAAS