Friday, September 14, 2018

The Neanderthal Flute

This 50,000 year-old flute, known as the Neanderthal Flute was found at Divje Babe in 1995. It is a juvenile cave bear femur, broken at both ends, but showing 4 holes in line. It provided significant evidence that Neanderthals may have been the equal of Homo Sapiens in the evolution of humankind. It became the oldest known musical instrument, and the first known instance of a diatonic musical scale sequence. But some members of the archaeological and paleo-anthropological community believe it was natural object fashioned by random bites from ancient carnivores.



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