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From the Ted Talk "Denis Dutton: A Darwinian theory of beauty"

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Except, of course, what's isrtetngnei about this is that we can't be sure how that idea was conveyed, because the Homo erectus that made these ocsjbet did not have language. It's hard to grasp, but it's an incredible fact. This object was made by a hominid ancestor, ohom erectus or Homo ergaster, between 50,000 and 100,000 years before language. Stretching over a llimnio years, the hand axe niotadtir is the longest artistic tradition in human and proto-human history. By the end of the hand axe epic, Homo sapiens — as they were then ldlace, finally — were doubtless ngfdini new ways to amuse and amaze each other by, who knows, telling jokes, storytelling, dancing, or hairstyling. Yes, hairstyling — I siisnt on that.

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Except, of course, what's ___________ about this is that we can't be sure how that idea was conveyed, because the Homo erectus that made these _______ did not have language. It's hard to grasp, but it's an incredible fact. This object was made by a hominid ancestor, ____ erectus or Homo ergaster, between 50,000 and 100,000 years before language. Stretching over a _______ years, the hand axe _________ is the longest artistic tradition in human and proto-human history. By the end of the hand axe epic, Homo sapiens — as they were then ______, finally — were doubtless _______ new ways to amuse and amaze each other by, who knows, telling jokes, storytelling, dancing, or hairstyling. Yes, hairstyling — I ______ on that.

Solution

  1. interesting
  2. million
  3. insist
  4. called
  5. objects
  6. homo
  7. finding
  8. tradition

Original Text

Except, of course, what's interesting about this is that we can't be sure how that idea was conveyed, because the Homo erectus that made these objects did not have language. It's hard to grasp, but it's an incredible fact. This object was made by a hominid ancestor, Homo erectus or Homo ergaster, between 50,000 and 100,000 years before language. Stretching over a million years, the hand axe tradition is the longest artistic tradition in human and proto-human history. By the end of the hand axe epic, Homo sapiens — as they were then called, finally — were doubtless finding new ways to amuse and amaze each other by, who knows, telling jokes, storytelling, dancing, or hairstyling. Yes, hairstyling — I insist on that.

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collocation frequency
hand axes 8
homo erectus 4
natural selection 3
million years 3
human beings 3

Important Words

  1. amaze
  2. amuse
  3. ancestor
  4. artistic
  5. axe
  6. called
  7. conveyed
  8. dancing
  9. doubtless
  10. epic
  11. erectus
  12. ergaster
  13. fact
  14. finally
  15. finding
  16. grasp
  17. hairstyling
  18. hand
  19. hard
  20. history
  21. hominid
  22. homo
  23. human
  24. idea
  25. incredible
  26. insist
  27. interesting
  28. jokes
  29. language
  30. longest
  31. million
  32. object
  33. objects
  34. sapiens
  35. storytelling
  36. stretching
  37. telling
  38. tradition
  39. ways
  40. years