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Aereophone (i.e. wind instrument) (2/13)
Bone flute from the Gudenus Cave Bone flute from Flavia Solva

Prehistoric Times

Animal horn


Like all tools, the first musical instruments were made from materials taken from the immediate surroundings. A hollowed-out animal horn can be seen as the predecessor of all wind instruments. Its original use was probably to give warning signals. (E. Stadler)

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