Hear the World’s Oldest Instrument, the Neanderthal Flute.
How can we describe this? Old School? Hmm, it’s even more than that… Discover the Neanderthal Flute!
Another discovery by the excellent website “Open Culture”!
If music has always accompanied human life, we have here the oldest trace.
The flutes are meticulously crafted, reports National Geographic, particularly the mammoth bone flute, which would have been “especially challenging to make.”
At the time of their discovery, researchers speculated that the flutes “may have been one of the cultural accomplishments that gave the first European modern-human (Homo sapiens) settlers an advantage over their now extinct Neanderthal-human (Homo neanderthalis) cousins.”
But as with so much of our knowledge about Neanderthals, including new evidence of interbreeding with Homo Sapiens, these conclusions may have to be revised.
Ready to go back 43,000 years ago? Let’s go!
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