Music in Evolution and Evolution in Music is an immensely comprehensive and detailed discussion of the connections between music and evolution. Steven Jan compares a range of views about how musicality biologically evolved and about how different forms of music culturally evolved, and argues that considering these questions has profound implications for how we should think about the evolutionary history of our aesthetic, linguistic and cognitive capacities more generally. The book will be of interest to musicologists and evolutionary biologists alike, as well as to philosophers of music, philosophers of biology, and indeed anyone with more than a passing interest in how we came to be the musical creatures that we are.
Dr Justine Kingsbury
University of Waikato