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New linguistic research indicates that the ancestors of people across Europe and Asia may have spoken a common language about 15,000 years ago. Researchers reconstructed a few words which may have been spoken by ancient people in hopes of retracing the history of human migrations and contacts between prehistoric cultures. They say the idea clearly lines up with the Biblical account of the Tower of Babel, in which humans spoke a common language, which was later confused. Biologist Mark Pagel from the University of Reading said they have been able to trace many Euroasian languages back 8,000 to 9,500 years. Pagel said it is like if modern humans encountered someone form the Stone Age, they could say one or two simple statements and make themselves understood. Pagel noted, “It’s going to be very difficult to go much beyond that, even these slowly evolving words are starting to run out of steam.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Before Babel? Ancient mother tongue reconstructed, By Tia Ghose,, Accessed May 7, 2013

Genesis 11:6-7 (ESV) (6) And the LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. (7) Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.”

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