Our prehistoric ancestors were very busy people, but they must have known how to chill in between chores, to relax and recharge. It’s well known to science that our cave dwelling forebears gorged on magic mushrooms and a host of other intoxicating plants. Meanwhile, a 60,000-year-old bear-bone flute discovered in Divje babe cave in Slovenia, demonstrates that the urge to make music and art emerged in deeply-ancient times. Now, a group of researchers studying two ancient deer antlers discovered in Vietnam think they were used to create musical instruments .
These 3,000-year-old deer antler instruments aren’t just simple wind instruments requiring air to make music, but complex stringed instruments with which prehistoric musicians could change pitch and make a range of advanced melodic sounds.
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