New flutes document the earliest musical tradition in southwestern Germany

@article{Conard2009NewFD,
  title={New flutes document the earliest musical tradition in southwestern Germany},
  author={Nicholas J. Conard and Maria Malina and Susanne M{\"u}nzel},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2009},
  volume={460},
  pages={737-740}
}
Considerable debate surrounds claims for early evidence of music in the archaeological record. Researchers universally accept the existence of complex musical instruments as an indication of fully modern behaviour and advanced symbolic communication but, owing to the scarcity of finds, the archaeological record of the evolution and spread of music remains incomplete. Although arguments have been made for Neanderthal musical traditions and the presence of musical instruments in Middle… 
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