Scientists say that this bone flute, found at Hohle Fels Cave in Germany, is at least 42,000 years old.
Flute’s Revised Age Dates the Sound of Music Earlier
Published: May 29, 2012
In hillside caves of southwestern Germany, archaeologists in recent years have uncovered the beginnings of music and art by early modern humans migrating into Europe from Africa. New dating evidence shows that these oldest known musical instruments in the world, flutes made of bird bone and mammoth ivory, are even older than first thought.