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Recent studies have suggested that various anatomical changes, such as the widening of the hypoglossal canal, the descent of the larynx, and the loss of air sacs, are prerequisites for speech or occurred due to selective pressure on speech. Such studies have been used to suggest that Homo neanderthalis as well as early Homo sapiens were capable of speech. However, using a broad literature review of multimodal languages, such as whistle languages, and the articulation processes behind prosodic features, I will show that such studies ignore various aspects of language that would not require maximal discreteness in phonological features. I will suggest that these studies do not adequately account for prosodic features that would not require anatomical changes in early hominins when considering protolanguage, as they are based on a fundamentally modern view of modern languages which place a heavier load on phonological features at the cost of prosodic load. Therefore, a reanalysis of anatomical changes in early hominins is necessary.