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Originally posted by SkepticPerhaps
We underestimate our ancestors, they were just as smart as we are, if not more so. I don't know where this sudden boom in technology came from, nor where the sudden boom resulting in civilized Europe came from, but I don't think it takes 35,000 years to figure out how to harness energy. We've done this all before
One thing I'd bet the farm on is that their tunes were fairly awful! I'm thinking a warm up by infants in recorder practice at school
I think you hit on an interesting idea. Yes, they had musical instruments...but were they to make pretty music, or for another purpose? Let me explain...
I would say this is another step along the line to proving that. A musical instrument, especially one that plays in good pitch, indicates an understanding of math and abstract concepts, at least on a nacent level. I would have to wonder if perhaps this is from the beginnings of the prior age of man?
The Ishango Artefact: the Missing Base 12 Link
‘The first example of a well-worked-out mathematical table’, says de Heinzelin, ‘dates from the dynastic period in Egypt. There are some clues, however, that suggest the existence of cruder systems in predynastic times. Because the Egyptian number system was a basis and a prerequisite for the scientific achievements of classical Greece, and thus for many of the developmentsin science that followed, it is even possible that the modern world owes a great one of its greatest debts to the people who lived at Ishango. Whether or not this is the case, it is remarkable that the oldest clue to the use of a number system by man dates back to the Central Africa of the Mesolithic period. No excavations in Europe have turned up such a hint’.
Originally posted by Kandinsky
reply to post by nikiano
Can you provide a link to the show that features one of these flutes? I'd love to hear it to get a better idea of the sound
BTW...lots of lost civilizations is a nice idea, but there isn't any evidence for it yet.
Monkey tool usage: Monkey tool usage: Hammer and Anvil
Notice that they use tools and plan ahead by having piles of stones to throw at the jaguar.
Originally posted by warrenb
Creating and playing a flute requires some level of skill that most humans even today would not be able to do.