In August 1856 the specimen that was to become known as Neanderthal 1 was discovered in the Neander Valley, Germany. In two cases, old breakages are demonstrated on refitted femur shafts of cubs (figure 6(10–11)), and one subadult/adult shaft (figure 7(5)); in all cases the fragments have even different colours and were embedded after crushing in different sediment types/layers. The first ‘Neanderthal cave bear bone flute’ from the Middle Palaeolithic was... 2.2 The long discussed Slovenian punctured cave bear cub bone find. Amazing, right? Login with Facebook Including also the new studies of the omnivorous brown bears of Arilla et al. (a) Lateral outer view, (b) lateral inner view, (c–e) details of puncture holes of both sides and (f) refitting of the jaw with all tooth marks of both sides projected in one level which fit in one tooth mark of the bone crushing teeth of the upper jaw of a hyena (all PAL collection).Download figureOpen in new tabDownload powerPoint. This main Late Pleistocene bone destructor in Europe is known recently with more than 150 den sites (95% are cave sites) all over Europe. Also, this is a large cave bear den which had again an Aurignacian camp site at the entrance, and again no Neanderthal occupation at all (cf. Only hyenas have developed a carcass destruction and butchery strategy, also for cave bears. figure 2). A study in Royal Society Open Science says that so called 'Neanderthal bone flutes' are no more than the damaged bones of cave bear cubs left by scavengers during the Ice Age. This was already contradictory to the results of the archaeological inventory that is well acceptably declared to be solely of, again, Cro-Magnon human Late Palaeolithic origin, and not of Mousterian (cf. This even allows reconstruction, in some cases in detail, the tooth mark of the upper and lower jaw teeth of hyenas—the last tooth mark of the premolar bone crushing triangle of the powerful jaws of the last hyenas of Europe. The secon… (a) Dorsal, (b) lateral, (c) detail of tooth mark hole (GTCP collection). J. Toernig-Struck gave access to the Keppler Cave material of the Stadtmuseum Menden. Figure 1. This report of a ‘cave bear femur bone flute’ was not the ‘oldest’, neither historically, nor by stratigraphy. (7–11) Cub tibiae from the Weiße Kuhle Cave, Germany. The larger the distal femur joint has been, the more diagonal this was cut. Did neanderthals play music? Almost all prehistoric bone flutes come from a time in prehistory associated with post-Neanderthal activity, however the Divje Babe flute from Slovenia suggests both that Palaeolithic people were aware of music, but also that they used the same diatomic scale that we use today. Ethnologist/musicians created then a wave of ‘cave bear bone instruments’ based solely on ‘holes in bones’ (compiled in [11]), from all kinds of carnivore punctured cave bear bones, even other than femora. Cave bear bones and archaeological layers are therefore not exactly isochronous in several cases (even mixed due to possibly bioturbation by cave bears building their nests, or burrowing porcupines or digging Ice Age spotted hyenas; cf. There are never signs of ‘drill marks on the margins of the compacta’, and in many cases there are breakages around the hole (i.e. There are further arguments for the hyena origin on longbone shaft punctures found similar to radius and tibia cub shafts which are similar to femur shaft cross section, but stronger in their compacta in this animal age stage (figure 4). Sophie's Cave and Divje Babe 1 Cave bear cub femora; figures 3(3) and 4). Die oberpleistozäne Population von Ursus spelaeus Rosenmüller 1794 aus dem eiszeitlichen Fleckenhyänenhorst Perick-Höhlen von Hemer (Sauerland, NW Deutschland). Cave bear scavenging models in larger cave bear den caves (here Zoolithen Cave, Germany) for all three top predators that hunted, killed and scavenged on cave bears all over Europe within caves in boreal forest palaeoenvironments. [1,7,9], or deeper in caves due to cave bear hunt [23]. When he’s not watching YouTube videos of cats playing the piano, you can find him foraging in the wild or hammering on a set of drums. Figure 2. indicator of absence of hyenas in alpine regions, and proof of holes made only by hyenas which are found only in middle high elevated mountain regions [19]). Another juvenile bear cub femur with holes from Divje Babe I Cave, Slovenia, a small cave bear den (cf. The Ice Age spotted Crocuta crocuta spelaea (Goldfuss, 1823) population, their excrements and prey from the Late Pleistocene hyena den Sloup Cave in the Moravian Karst; Czech Republic. In 1995, archeologist Ivan Turk of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts found the approximately 43,100-year-old cave bear femur at the Divje Babe site near a Mousterian hearth. (a) Dorsal, (b) lateral, (c) detail of lateral tooth mark holes (produced by carnivore canines, best fitting to hyenas or lions) (PAL collection). Carnivore puncture holes in cave bear skulls, jaws and postcranial bones caused by top predator canine teeth (lions, leopards, hyenas and wolves), but are mainly products at longbones and lower jaws of the premolar cracking teeth of hyenas (cf. VIEW more from this CONTRIBUTOR. photo in [6]). Biomechanically the bone shaft (nearly conical cross section) cracks because of pressure on three sides (crushing triangle premolars). It is no wonder then that further incorrectness about cave bear bone taphonomy at Divje Babe Cave 1 was published (cf. Figure 8. (eremus or spelaeus) and the large U. ingressus, and from mountainous regions, where Ice Age spotted hyenas were around all over Europe (cf. diagonal cut) can be reconstructed, and where lower and upper jaw premolar teeth and their antagonistic tooth mark impact holes fit exactly to the hyena skull dentition. Palaeopopulations of Late Pleistocene top predators in Europe—Ice Age spotted hyenas and steppe lions in battle and competition about prey. Drilled holes were produced experimentally for a reconstruction of a ‘cave bear cub bone flute’ (cf. The Late Pleistocene spotted hyena Crocuta crocuta spelaea (Goldfuss 1823) population from the Zoolithen Cave at Gailenreuth (Bavaria, South Germany)—a hyena cub rising den of specialized cave bear scavengers in Boreal Forest environments of Central Europe. [3,12–16–22,51,54,55]). A taphonomic study of wild wolf (Canis lupus) modification on horse bones in Northwestern Spain. Mokriška jama, nova visokoalpska aurignaška postaja v Jugoslaviji. (a) Cranial view, (b) detail of the cranial tooth mark holes, (c) caudal view, (d) detail of the caudal tooth mark holes, (e) reconstruction refitting of the P-teeth into the cranial and caudal tooth pits, demonstrating exact fitting and two overlapping diagonal tooth marks (GTCP collection). The Engis child from Belgiumwas the first Neanderthal discovered, in 1829. This strategy is demonstrated, herein in detail, on cave bear femora destruction (especially material from Weiße Kuhle Cave, Germany), which is presented in three stages and for different aged individuals—cubs (less than 1 year), subadults (1–2 years) and adults. The bone crusher of longbones was only the Ice Age spotted hyena, which produced round/oval puncture marks on cave bear cub bones by the bone crushing premolar teeth, i.e. Neanderthal times) and U. ingressus (largest cave bear, i.e. Punctured extinct cave bear femora were misidentified in southeastern Europe (Hungary/Slovenia) as ‘Palaeolithic bone flutes’ and the ‘oldest Neanderthal instruments’. Dated and tested independently by two laboratories, in England and Germany, the artifacts are authentic products of the Homo sapiens Aurignacian archaeological culture, made in between 43,000 and 35,000 years ago. A studied ulna of a cave bear at the site is one of the best examples of bone crushing by hyena premolar teeth. At these times, different cave bear subspecies Ursus spelaeus subsp. (5) Shaft of a subadult (large cave bear U. ingressus) with distally cracked parts (all found in the cave close to each other with old fractures) from the Weiße Kuhle Cave, Germany, cranial (PAL collection). In this cave, cave bear hunts by Cro-Magnon humans seem to be indicated on a cave bear shoulder blade pathology (large diagonal impact hole, partly healed diagonal hole) that seems to have been made by a probable Mladeč projectile bone point [5]. Cave bear metapodials from Divje Babe Cve 1. Using all these strange presentations by Turk et al. Hyenas and other carnivores are rarely found at the ‘scavenging sites’, including caves and cave bear dens, because they are only found there when they occupied the cave entrances as (a) cub raising, (b) communal or (c) prey depot dens (cf. figure 2). On cub femora, which are not well calcified and elastic-spongious in the compacta, hyenas produced in many cases only holes with their premolar bone crushing teeth (mainly P3) due to unsuccessful bone crushing (femur from Oase Cave, Romania). There, the cave bear layers themselves, which generally span from the MIS3–5d=25,000–113,000 BP, overlap/intercalate with the Cro-Magnon times, mainly Aurignacian, partly Gravettian, cultural layers [5,23,57]. ‘bone flute holotype’ figure 5(4)). [65]) restudy of the bone excluded Ice Age hyenas, arguing with ‘abnormal biting or chewing behaviour using their canine teeth’ (cf. Studied and referred Late Pleistocene (MIS3–5d) European cave sites with ‘Palaeolithic cave bear pseudo-bone flutes’, and compared cave bear dens with hyena influence (hyena palaeobiogeography of 150 sites [4]).Download figureOpen in new tabDownload powerPoint. At cave bear dens hyenas left, by periodic scavenging, up to 20% of damaged bones, whereas also lions (cave bear killers), leopards and wolves played a larger role in the cave bear hunting/scavenging, even deep in caves. (2) Single probably canine impact of a large carnivore (lion, hyena) on a cub skull (large cave bear form U. ingressus) from the Große Teufels Cave, Germany. Tooth mark types, shapes and especially their positions on both sides of the shaft ends, or the middle part, were identified as the antagonistic upper and lower jaw tooth marks of hyenas. Pleistocene Panthera leo spelaea (Goldfuss, 1810) remains from the Balve Cave (NW Germany)—a cave bear, hyena den and Middle Palaeolithic human cave, and review of the Sauerland Karst lion sites. (a) Lateral outer view, (b) lateral inner view, (c–e) details of puncture holes of both sides and (f) refitting of the jaw with all tooth marks of both sides projected in one level which fit in one tooth mark of the bone crushing teeth of the upper jaw of a hyena (all PAL collection). http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, http://www.scholoxy.org/journals/science-chronicles/IceAge_spotted_hyena-article.php, http://www.webster.sk.ca/Greenwich/fl-compl.htm, small cave bear den/Aurignacian camp site, large hyena den at entrance (cub raising, communal den type), large cave bear den (, large cave bear den/Aurignacian camp site, cave bear hunting site, large cave bear den/hyena den at side branch, large cave bear den/short-term hyena den at entrance, large cave bear den/short-term wolf and ?hyena den at entrance, large cave bear den/Aurignacian skull find site, large cave bear den, short-term hyena den at entrance. Studied and referred Late Pleistocene (MIS3–5d) European cave sites with ‘Palaeolithic cave bear pseudo-bone flutes’, and compared cave bear dens with hyena influence (hyena palaeobiogeography of 150 sites [4]). Playing the Neanderthal Bone Flute Music Image via Wikipedia: The Divje Babe flute is said to be the oldest musical instrument we know of, although this is somewhat controversial. Ichnological and ethological studies in one of Europe's famous bear den in the Urşilor Cave (Carpathians, Romania). Another argument comes from the oval holes, if attributed to the bone crushing premolar hyena teeth their elongation axes are in most cases parallel to the bone shaft, but only in holes within the shaft. Such bone fragments, here compiled for the Perick Caves (figure 4), do not expose any puncture marks of the premolars, generally, because the bone breaks are within the crushing triangle, and not by a puncture hole. Figure 2. The flutes, made of … Found by archeologist Ivan Turk in a Neanderthal campsite at Divje Babe in northwestern Slovenia, this instrument (above) is estimated to be over 43,000 years old and perhaps as much as 80,000 years old. [28]). This unusual musical instrument, neither a flute nor a whistle, was cemented near the remains of a 50.000 – 60.000 years old Neanderthal fire pit, made from the thigh bone of a young cave bear into which the Neanderthal drilled three holes and made a sharpened rim for the mouthpiece using tools made of bone and stone. New research shows that the ‘flute’ is actually just a bone that’s been gnawed on by a hyena (it’s unlikely that the hyena used it as a flute). These instruments are easy to play. Other authors doubted the ‘flute’ and human origin however (e.g. Well, maybe not. The bone crusher of longbones was only the Ice Age spotted hyena, which produced round/oval puncture marks on cave bear cub bones by the bone crushing premolar teeth, i.e. It is broken at both ends, with two complete holes and what may be the incomplete remains of one hole at each end, meaning that the bone may have had four or more hole… To those non-Slovenian/Hungarian (where bone flutes were thought only to be found) sites belong the Romanian Urşilor Cave and Oase Cave. All herein figured cub femora have, different from drill-holes, distinct characters (figures 5–7): (a) the holes are not fully round, instead oval-shaped, and beside the hole (see also [24]) a breakage-arch indicates an ‘impact’, rather than drilling (cf. Museum employees, volunteers, and interns are encouraged to blog about their unique experiences and … The cave bear bones with round–oval, larger puncture marks can be well attributed solely to the main cave bear scavenger of Europe—the Ice Age spotted hyena Crocuta crocuta spelaea. and U. ingressus). This area is thinner in the compacta than the dorsal one. Razprave IV. Potok Cave), Slovenia [].This was a larger cave bear den (cf. The ‘cave bear cub femora with holes’ are, in all cases, neither instruments nor human made at all. figures 5–7). 12. For our growing team of writers and contributors, those are the stories that matter most: we dedicate our time to them all day and every day. [32,33,37,41]), whereas X-ray scans did not prove any ‘drill-scratches around the holes’ or any marks of stone tools on the bones, and left again the question of the hole origin open (cf. Small parallel rectangular scratches on the pseudo-bone flute of Divje Babe Cave 1 were misinterpreted as cut marks (cf. and U. ingressus) cub femora: (1–7) puncture, (8–9) part-flake, (10–14) full breakage-flakes—all with puncture holes or half preserved holes after splitting in flakes—of different aged cave bear cub femora (less than 1 year individual age) and different species (U. s. eremus and U. ingressus)—all from the Weiße Kuhle Cave, Germany (PAL collection). Finally, I thank Dr J.R. Ardèvol and an unknown reviewer for the review of the first draft. The Ice Age top predator research in Europe focused these past years on hunting of cave bears in large cave bear dens. Doubts aired over Neandertal bone ‘flute’. Experimental manufacture of the bone flute of with stone tools. Enter your email address below and we will send you the reset instructions. One Neanderthal grave also contained a small bone flute. Neither carnivores nor cave bears (herbivorous) used their canine teeth to crush longbones, or any other bones. 652 de Divje Babe I et arguments pour la défense des specimens pb51/20 et pb606 du MNM de Budapest. A hyena tried to cut the distal joint. (4) Femur from Divje Babe Cave 1—‘the Neanderthal bone flute holotype’, Slovenia (photos from NMLS collection). We know of at least 36 instances where Neanderthals buried their dead, often with flowers and other items suggesting religious ceremony. Because it has the characteristics of a flute, he dubbed it a Neanderthal flute. The Neanderthal flute and the origins of the scale—fang or flint—a response. details in [21]). So it’s unlikely that Neanderthals were rocking flute solos 200,000 years ago. Continuous documentation of destruction stages of cave bear (U.s. subsp. Especially E. Schuhose, G. Volmer and B. Baumbach (Rübeländer Höhlenforschergruppe) and C. Hensel (cave management) supported the cave exploration and bone work in Herman's Cave. [6]). ‘Neanderthal bone flutes’: simply products of Ice Age spotted hyena scavenging activities on cave bear cubs in European cave bear dens. (1) This femur of an adult cave bear (U. s. eremus) from the Große Teufels Cave, Germany (PO collection), is the best proof for the hyena tooth mark and damage origin, where two diagonal tooth marks (i.e. No such cut/drill marks were found within the herein figured material. The femora of subadult cave bears are intermediate in damage patterns, compared to the adult ones, which were fully crushed to pieces. Rezultati računalniske tomografije najstarejše domnevne piščali iz Divjih bab I (Slovenija): prispevek k teoriji luknjanja kosti. This bone fragment was perforated with four round holes whose shape and alignment strongly suggested that it was, indeed, the remnant of a Neanderthal wind instrument. [3,12–21]; figures 1 and 2), where always large amounts of damaged and also punctured cave bear bones are present, such as figured with many new examples herein for the northern German Weiße Kuhle Cave and other cave bear dens (figures 3–7). 'Neanderthal flutes' were actually snacks for Ice Age hyenas The Divje Babe flute is believed to be one of the earliest examples of a musical instrument. “Most paleoanthropologists accept that the Divje Babe ‘flute’ is a carnivore-chewed bone, but you do see it referred to as a flute from time to time,” says April Nowell, an archaeologist at the University of Victoria in Canada. The bone's holes on the dorsal side appear not to line up, whereas on the ventral side another hole was declared as the ‘thumb hole’. Jewelry, musical instruments and exotic objects from the Hungarian Palaeolithic. This sometimes overlaps with hyena dens and human camp sites at cave entrances only, where cave bear den, carnivore den and human remains are even mixed up (partly separated in layers), all over Europe due to competition for and seasonal use of cave entrances/rock shelters. Actually, some remains had been found earlier, but not recognised as a separate species from us. Did Neanderthals play music? Enter your email address below and we will send you your username, If the address matches an existing account you will receive an email with instructions to retrieve your username. It is possibly the world’s oldest known musical instrument, and some archeologists believe that Neanderthals made it. Hermann's Cave material was analysed in the collection of the Rübeland show caves, Germany (RC), Keppler Cave material is in the Statdmuseum Menden, Germany (SMM), and Große Teufels Cave bones are kept in the show cave of the village of Pottenstein (PO). Indeed, some are naturally weather-cracked. Changing patterns of carnivore modification in a landscape bone assemblage, Amboseli Park, Kenya. Figure 3. Published by the Royal Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, provided the original author and source are credited. The detail continuous stages of cub femora puncture to breaking stages are demonstrated for the first time herein in the Weiße Kuhle Cave material (figure 6), whereas breakage is much rarer in subadult to adult femora (figures 6, 7 and 8). At least, very correctly, the ‘holes’ were mostly discussed to be of ‘carnivore chewing damage’ origin (cf. In stage 3, subadult cave bear femora already started to crush, which is demonstrated from at least one example from Hermann's Cave (figure 5(6)). Now it's time to stop the music, say two archaeologists who examined the purported flute last spring. Rose’s poems have appeared in many online and print journals, including Anon, Anti-, The Dark Horse, and The … The material was found in a limestone quarry near Düsseldorf. [1]; figure 1). Extinctions of Late Ice Age cave bears as result of climate/habitat change and large carnivore lion/hyena/wolf predation stress in Europe. The punctures/tooth impact marks are often present on both sides of the shaft of cave bear cub femora and are simply a result of non-breakage of the slightly calcified shaft compacta. O'odham Style Flutes - This style of flute comes from the People of Southern Arizona. His final arguments that ‘hyenas are absent’ at this site (cf. The amount of bone material is still not enough to present clear statistics. As is now well known, Aurignacian humans lived in Europe together with the last and largest cave bear species U. ingressus [16,18,21,23,58,59]. Table 1.Studied and from literature compiled cave bear, hyena, wolf den sites with pseudo-bone flutes (i.e. Cub bones are ‘soft’ and thin-walled in the bone shaft compacta, which increases in subadults to adults. Weiße Kuhle Cave (Germany) bones are in the PaleoLogic Research Institute, Czech Republic (PAL), Perick Cave material is kept in the collection of the Perick Cave club house in Hemer, Germany (PCH). map in [19]). [25]; figure 5(4)), where also Neanderthal Mousterian layers were believed to be present [26], was declared twice incorrectly as the ‘oldest instrument’, a 43 140 BP old ‘Neanderthal flute’ from layer 8 [26,27] (figure 5(4)). Evolution, Horste, Taphonomie und Prädatoren der Rübeländer Höhlenbären, Harz (Norddeutschland). There, damage on cave bear bones is now well known and reported in several publications (e.g. DOUBTS AIRED OVER NEANDERTHAL BONE 'FLUTE' (AND REPLY BY MUSICOLOGIST BOB FINK) Science News 153 (April 4, 1998): 215. However, with the herein used Weiße Kuhle material being very representative for a large cave bear den, puncture holes are found in the cave bear cub humerus (4×), ulna (0×), radius (2×), femur (13×) and tibia (5×). [24], this indeed would be abnormal for hyenas to try to crush longbones with their canine teeth. The perforated bone, found in an Eastern European cave, represents a flute made and played by Neandertals at least 43,000 ye us ago, the scientists contended. In 1996, excavation of a Neanderthal cave site in northwestern Slovenia uncovered, what appears to be, the section of a transverse flute made from the femur bone of a young bear. [58]); interestingly though, alpine Late Pleistocene cave bear forms (U. s. ladinicus) do not show such holes in femora (i.e. punctured cave bear cub femora), and overlap of Late Palaeolithic Aurignacian camp sites at the cave entrances, or cave bear hunt signs deep in caves. ‘bone flute holes’ (composed and adapted from [4,14,15,22,23]; illustrations G. Teichmann). [2,3]) and Late Palaeolithic Aurignacian (not Neanderthal) used rock shelter camp site at the entrance (cf. Late Pleistocene leopards across Europe—most northern European population, highest elevated records in the Alps, complete skeletons in the Dinarids and comparison to the Ice Age cave art. partly with spiral breakage, and tooth mark impact marks on the surfaces from the Weiße Kuhle Cave, Germany (PAL collection). partly with spiral breakage, and tooth mark impact marks on the surfaces from the Perick Caves, Germany (PCH collection). These are not present on the bone shafts, as fang teeth of hyenas (or any other carnivore) are never used to crack longbones (e.g. Cave bear killers and scavengers from the last ice age of central Europe: feeding specializations in response to the absence of mammoth steppe fauna from mountainous regions. diagonal cut) with increasing femur sizes (figures 5–7). A middle palaeolithic origin of music? Published by the Royal Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License On the suggested bone flute from Slovenia. Although the Divje Babe bone does date back to Neanderthal times, the study points out that several other artefacts similar to it do not. My thanks to Rose for “Neanderthal Bone Flute” and the accompanying observations. Whether it is actually a flute created by Neanderthalsis a subject of debate. Upper Pleistocene palaeolithic site in Slovenia. Figure 6. also modern hyena impact mark pictures in [61]), (b) the margins are convex in cross-shape, and not steep-straight as with drills, (c) the corners are smooth and do not have drill/cut mark signs, at all, and (d) in most cases (figures 5–7), the antagonistic punctures/tooth marks (lower/upper jaw dentition fit) are present. Material studies of the Zoolithen Cave were allowed by PD Dr O. Hampe (Museum für Naturkunde der Humboldt-Universität Berlin), whereas cave exploration and bone work in the cave was mainly supervised by M. Conrad (Fränkische Höhlen- und Karst Forscher). and U. ingressus) longbones (humerus, radius, tibia) and pelvic and pedal bones by top predator (lions, leopards, hyenas and wolves) canine and mainly premolar hyena teeth. Such antagonistic tooth marks are found often at different medium-sized hyena prey bones including their own species femora or even Neanderthal femora [19,20], also documented in the modern actualistic spotted hyena bone accumulation record [61–63]. All cave bear pseudo-bone flutes are not dated to Neanderthal Middle Palaeolithic Mousterian layers, but instead, if possible to date, to Late Palaeolithic, Aurignacian/Gravettian layers. [43]), who misidentified: (a) the site occupation by Neanderthals, as those of Aurignacians [28], (b) the bone, by rotating it upside down (see [44]), the 180° rotation of which is corrected herein (figure 5a), (c) the general bone taphonomy of cave bear bones, and (d) carnivore jaw functions, especially hyenas, correctly presented herein (figure 2). In some cases, these shafts expose, on both sides, puncture holes of each of the upper jaw P3 and antagonistic lower jaw P3–4, sometimes parts of M1, which attributes it only to the crushing teeth triangle of hyenas (cf. Carnivore puncture holes in cave bear (U. s. subsp. (1) Femur from Mokriška Jama Cave, Slovenia (photos adapted from [24]; NMLS collection). [4,16,18,23]; cf. From the literature, new interpretations were made of the sites in the archaeological content (Neanderthal versus Aurignacian sites), and overlap in carnivore den use (hyena/wolf den—always at entrance areas) and identification as small to large cave bear dens (figure 1 and table 1). The perforated bone, found in an Eastern European cave, … Todkopf calls it a "Neanderthal tuba." Eine oberpleistozäne Population von Crocuta crocuta spelaea (Goldfuss 1823) aus dem eiszeitlichen Fleckenhyänenhorst Perick-Höhlen von Hemer (Sauerland, NW Deutschland) und ihr Kannibalismus. Jelle Atema is a Professor of Biology and Adjunct Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Furthermore, the available material was studied on the tooth mark margins and holes under a microscope, which allows identifying in a first step without reflection electron microscopy or X-ray photos possibly drill or stone tool scratch marks. []; figure 1).In this cave, cave bear … Unlike the hyena 'chew toys' identified in the study, these flutes show clear evidence of tool work and resemble modern instruments. (4) Shaft from the Oase Cave, Romania, cranial (IR collection). Time travelers have gone back in time and watched Neanderthals play the bone flute on a full diatonic scale. eremus (smallest cave bear) and spelaeus (i.e. The only absolute date was made solely on a cave bear bone, the ‘bone flute’, whose age would date into the Neanderthal or ‘cave bear den’ time period. figures 2 and 3). Those indeed also left, in some cases, round–oval, larger punctures in cave bear bones, but with their canines only in soft spongiosa (pelvis, vertebrae), and never in any bone shaft compacta. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, provided the original author and source are credited. Niko Borish is a Teen Volunteer in the Education Department. [66]). [68]). This would be a great way to strengthen the argument, but it also is true because if the opposite of it were true” time travelers have gone back in time and watched Neanderthals use the bone for some other purpose or to play only two notes with the flute” it would provide helpful information for the Bad … ‘Pseudo-bone flutes’ are not in Middle Palaeolithic archaeological, but of Late Palaeolithic and cave bear den context with large carnivore influence. 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