An ancient flute has been unearthed in Germany, revealing that musical traditions began earlier than previously thought.
The bone instrument, which is almost completely intact, has been dated to around 33,000BC — more than 5,000 years older than the earliest musical instruments on record.
Fragments of three ivory flutes were discovered at the same site, the Hohle Fels cave, near the city of Ulm.
The caves would have been occupied by Stone Age hunter-gatherers who subsisted on a diet of horse and reindeer meats, fruits and berries.
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