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    Oldest musical instrument in the world discovered

    German archeologists have found a 35,000-40,000 year old flute, made from a vulture's wing bone, in the Hohle Fels cavern in southwest Germany.

    This is a fantastic discovery, giving insight into not only how advanced and intelligent humans were 40,000 years ago, but also how music have been important to us for a very long time, maybe even an important part of the evolution of our civilization. And not just any music (or sound), mind you, but "complex" melodic music, with instruments capable of playing various notes, as can clearly be seen from this flute complete with finger holes!

    Quoting the archeological team, led by Professor Nicholas Conard of Tübingen University:
    Music could have contributed to the maintenance of larger social networks, and thereby perhaps have helped facilitate the demographic and territorial expansion of modern humans relative to a culturally more conservative and demographically more isolated Neanderthal populations,
    The power of music continues to amaze.

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    That is seriously cool...
    “The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.”
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    Fascinating. I'm sure we are often guilty of under-estimating our ancestors.

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    hate to be a kill-joy but I have a feeling that the Australian Aboriginies had the musical instruments long before that, I will do some research with a friend of mine who is a specialist in Australian cultural archaeology.
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    Oh, indeed they may very well have had that, but to my knowledge this flute is the oldest instrument that has been found so far.

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    Fascinating discovery and find.
    Just knowing that someone even had the insight or desire to create such an instrument without any prior knowledge of what the end result would or could be is equally astounding.
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    Vulture wing bone flute?!! That's ancient indeed. I wonder what the other musical instruments were made of.

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    The way they keep "discovering" older and older human (or humanoid) remains, they are sure to find an older musica instrument someplace. Wonder who their composers were.

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    what is that? are its tunable?

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