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Christophe Grandsire scripsit:

> Nope. Like for us now, there were already discrepancies. And probably the 30-
> odd language families we know exist in the world (there are maybe more or less,
> I'm taking an average number) come from 30 ancestral languages which, like our
> 11 right now, were spoken by a majority of the world population.

I would bet not.  On the contrary, I would think that the overwhelming
majority of the world's population 6-10 thousand years ago spoke languages
that are either gone without a trace, dead but recorded, or moribund today,
mostly the first category.  Mammals and dinosaurs arose at about the same
time, but only with the destruction of the dinos did the mammals get a
chance to radiate into the many niches they occupy today.

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