Oldest instrument in the world found, Researchers have discovered what is believed to be the oldest musical instrument ever found. Cavemen probably crafted and played the instrument, experts say (in which country was it. Ancient flutes more than 35,000 years old, The world's oldest instrument has been found in a German cave, suggesting humans were piping tunes from bone and ivory flutes more than 35,000 years ago, new research has shown.
Scientists discovered remains of the instruments in a German cave once populated by some of the first modern humans to settle in Europe after leaving Africa. The finds suggest that our oldest ancestors in Europe had a well-established musical tradition.
The most significant discovery was a complete flute made from a griffon vulture bone.
Measuring 21.8cm, with a diameter of about 8mm, the instrument has five finger holes and two deep V-shaped notches at one end.
Carbon dating indicated that the flutes were more than 35,000 years old. Dr Nicholas Conard, from Tubingen University in Germany, and colleagues reported the discovery in the journal Nature.
The scientists wrote: "The presence of music in the lives of early Upper Palaeolithic peoples did not directly produce a more effective subsistence economy and greater reproductive fitness. Viewed, however, in a broader behavioural context, early Upper Palaeolithic 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 culturally more conservative and demographically more isolated Neanderthal populations."