Listening intently to the ancient recording, Dr. Bell’s jaw dropped; his eyebrows rose.
“This is the find of the century!” Bell texted Dr. Hoyer, who sat nearby. “Where does this sound come from? Here?” Bell felt his throat.
Neither scientist had heard a spoken word. No one had for thousands of years.
Colleagues called Bell crazy for believing that speech was once a form of human communication—that people talked on phones, in cafes, in classrooms. Technology made talking obsolete and one day, speech died.
“We’ll tell the world!” Bell texted. The second he left the room, Hoyer erased the disc.