THE IMPORTANCE OF BARK. It was surprising to see the word “bark” in the list of words that survived because they were used frequently. David Brown cites the explanation given by Mark Pagel, who headed the study which arrived at the list of 23 words. Pagel says that anthropologists say that: “…bark played a very significant role in the lives of forest-dwelling hunter-gatherers….Bark was woven into baskets, stripped and braided into rope, burned as fuel, stuffed in empty spaces for insulation and consumed as medicine.” Of course. Bark must have been important. The word evokes a way of life.

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