The last speaker of an ancient language in India's Andaman Islands has died at the age of about 85, a leading linguist has told the BBC. ... Languages in the Andamans are thought to originate from Africa. Some may be 70,000 years old. The islands are often called an "anthropologist's dream" and are one of the most linguistically diverse areas of the world. ... It is generally believed that all Andamanese languages might be the last representatives of those languages which go back to pre-Neolithic times. The Andamanese are believed to be among our earliest ancestors.
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