A 43,000-year-old bone flute shows that Neanderthals were much more advanced

It appears that Neanderthals were skilled craftsmen with fine musical taste, in contrast to historians’ irresponsible claims that they were savage and backward creatures.

Discovered in a Slovenian cave in 1995, the Divya Babe flute is an artifact dating from 60,000-43,000 years ago that belonged to Neanderthals, the early hominids that preceded Homo sapiens, or modern humans.

The object, made from a fragment of a young cave bear femur bone, has long been thought to be the oldest musical instrument ever discovered.

The holes on the bone are evenly spaced and perfectly round, proving that Neanderthals were music lovers with a keen eye for detail, unlike the subhumans most historians portray.

The archaeological site at Divje Baba, Slovenia, is located inside a narrow cave 148 feet long and 49 feet wide, located 750 feet (230 meters) above the Idrijca River, near the town of Cerkno.

More than 600 archaeological remains have been excavated from ten levels of rock and soil, including the skeletal remains of various cave bears and about 20 bonfires indicating Neanderthal habitation some 55,000 years ago.

The flute fragment measures 11.6 mm and has two full circular cavities about 35 mm apart.

A similar discovery was made in 2008 when another 43,000-year-old bone flute was discovered in a cave near Ulm, Germany. With five holes and a V-shaped mouthpiece, the artifact, made from vulture wing bones, further indicates that Neanderthals knew how to make musical instruments.

This idea has been difficult to digest in scientific circles, so in announcing the discovery, the researchers stated that “the finds demonstrate the presence of an established musical tradition at the time when modern humans colonized Europe,” again ignoring the time frame and the potential of Neanderthals to make such instruments, which would have been extremely difficult, if not impossible, to obtain with their primitive tools and low intelligence.

Dr. Caius Diedrich of the Paleological Independent Institute of Geosciences analyzed these musical instruments attributed to Neanderthals and came to the controversial conclusion that the holes in the bones are nothing more than teeth marks, in this particular case hyenas. His study was published in the journal of the Royal Society Open Science.

This is indeed surprising to hear, given all the evidence pointing in the opposite direction, which is completely ignored. On top of that, many professional singers and even archaeologists have played these flutes and made amazing music.

Although Dr. Dridrich has disregarded all the evidence presented in favor of his theory, the Divier Babe flute remains a real musical instrument in the eyes of many scholars.

The fact that it comes from a time that many believe was dominated by brainless and stupid Neanderthals, incapable of creating anything graceful, irritates the paradigmatic minds of today.

A radical change in the chapters of history will undoubtedly put great pressure on the shoulders of some academics who value their titles more than the truth itself.

Fortunately, with the passage of time, new evidence will be found that challenges history and will once again change the paradigm, hopefully this time in favor of the truth.

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