When did hu­mans first make mu­sic?

BBC Earth (Asia) - - Q&A -

The old­est dis­cov­ered mu­si­cal in­stru­ments in the world (flutes made of bones and mam­moth ivory) are over 40,000 years old. But in­stru­ments and song may be far, far older. In his book The

De­scent Of Man, Charles Dar­win won­dered whether our lan­guage abil­i­ties had started with singing, and if that was the rea­son for our plea­sure in mu­sic. By study­ing fos­sils, we can es­tab­lish that once our an­ces­tors had the horseshoe-shaped hy­oid bone in the throat in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion to mod­ern hu­mans, they would have had the phys­i­cal abil­ity to sing as we can. That date is over 530,000 years ago. AP

This in­stru­ment is made from bear bone and is 45,000 years old

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