All former archaeological, ecological focus cave bear ‘bone flute’ studies forgot all four cave bear predators—steppe lions (Panthera leo spelaea), leopards (Panthera pardus spelaea), Ice Age spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta spelaea) and Ice Age wolves (Canis lupus spelaeus)—which are known now to be cave bear killers, and main consumers in mountain regions, where mammoth steppe megafauna were absent [4,18–21]. 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. Fossile Knochendurchlochungen. The results indicate that 'Neanderthal bone flutes' do not show marks made by stone drills, but rather, the circular holes are the result of Ice Age hyenas’ teeth, which were strong enough to puncture the soft bones of juvenile bears. 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×). details in [23]). (i.e. Figure 1. Potočka zijalka: visokoalpska postaja aurignacienskih lovcev (Potočka zijalka—eine hochalpine Aurignacienjäger-Station). 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. 'Neanderthal flutes' were actually snacks for Ice Age hyenas, In photos: Brown hyena calmly robs five cheetahs, Watch: Warthog gives leopard the slip (with some help from a charging hyena), When hyena sex goes wrong ... and a scientist storifies it, That time a prehistoric shark took a bite out of a turd, Whiter shade of pale: Odd-coloured baboon photographed in Tanzania, Romeo, the world's loneliest frog, finally has his Juliet, Scent of a Primate: Lemurs can detect weakness in each other with a simple sniff. Examples of the destruction stages of femora of cave bear cubs, subadult to adult cave bears (U. s. subsp. (13–14) Cub and adult calcanei from the Weiße Kuhle Cave, Germany (all PAL collection). Die oberpleistozäne Population von Ursus spelaeus Rosenmüller 1794 aus dem eiszeitlichen Fleckenhyänenhorst Perick-Höhlen von Hemer (Sauerland, NW Deutschland). New Evidence for cave bear hunting from Potočka Zijalka Cave, Slovenia. [68]). 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]. [3,4,16,18–21,51,56]; figure 2). 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. Figure 3. (12) Cub coxa from the Weiße Kuhle Cave, Germany. 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. [13,20,21]), and ‘cave bear bone flutes’ would have been, if such, from modern human layers, in all cases. impact circles, cf. Indeed, some are naturally weather-cracked. [64]). The bone was clearly fashioned by man - no other … The secon… The larger the distal femur joint has been, the more diagonal this was cut. The Neanderthal flute of Divje Babe In 1995, Ivan Turk and his team discovered the oldest known flute in a bear cave called Divje Babe (‘wild woman’). Subadult cave bear femora initially flaked (femur from Hermann's Cave, Germany). German sites are Hermann's Cave, Perick Caves, especially a large population of small (Ursus spelaeus eremus) and large cave bears (Ursus ingressus) and large amount of material in different destruction stages from the Weiße Kuhle Cave, but also some relevant bones from the den sites Keppler Cave, Zoolithen Cave, Sophie's Cave, Große Teufels Cave and the Czech Sloup Cave. [24]), which attributed possible ‘holes’ to ‘canines’, which was contradictory to several arguments by Turk et al. [7]). The main and strongest impulse of the crush comes from the most powerful upper P3. Musica instrumentalis. Punctured extinct cave bear femora were misidentified in southeastern Europe (Hungary/Slovenia) as ‘Palaeolithic bone flutes’ and the ‘oldest Neanderthal instruments’. prey storage den type). Bone Flutes and Whistles - These are also an old style of flute made by ancient people of the American Southwest. Cave bear hunting in the Hohle Fals, a cave site in the Ach Valley, Swabian Jura. 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. Other bone surface damages in the form of bites were observed on two cave bear cub humeri (U. s. eremus) from Sophie's Cave, but those were well identified to have resulted from porcupine (rodent) incisive teeth (cf. Like the bone flute discovered in Slovenia last year, the 50,000-year-old tuba predates the presence of anatomically modern humans in Europe. [27]) declared the femur of a young cave bear (‘bone flute’) probably to be pierced by the ‘bears themselves’ also uncritically repeated incorrectly by others (cf. Cave bear killers, scavengers between the Scandinavian and Alpine ice shields—the last hyenas and cave bears in antagonism—and the reason why cave bears hibernated deeply in caves. This results in a different viewpoint of modern zooarchaeology, multiple animal/human use of larger cave systems and cave models (figure 2). Die Pleistozäne Höhlenfundstelle Potočka Zijalka. 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. For some the results are not that surprising. Instead, stone tool caused curved cut marks were found on a single cave bear femur (U. ingressus) from the latest Late Pleistocene (MIS3 cave bear layers, also Aurignacian period) of Hermann's Cave (cf. And there's a scientist nearby to record the shame for all the world to see. Changing patterns of carnivore modification in a landscape bone assemblage, Amboseli Park, Kenya. U. s. eremus, U. s. spelaeussensu taxonomy of Stiller et al. 2.1. All ‘cave bear cub femora bone flute’ sites failed to date into the ‘Neanderthal times’ because all are not of Neanderthal (Middle Palaeolithic) human, but are instead from modern human Aurignacian occupations in ‘archaeological layers’ at entrances of cave bear dens, cf. A taphonomic study of wild wolf (Canis lupus) modification on horse bones in Northwestern Spain. “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. bone crushing teeth) for access to the bone marrow and easier swallowing of those pieces for the bone collagen use. If the address matches an existing account you will receive an email with instructions to reset your password. [24], because the distal ends were already said to have ‘carnivore damage’ [44]. Carnivore puncture holes in cave bear (U. s. subsp. (3) Mandible (U. s. eremus) from the Weiße Kuhle Cave of a cub with hyena premolar impact holes (cracking purpose). His scholarship and that of his colleagues resulted in accurate dating and description of the flute and its context (Turk et al, 1997). The incorrect biomechanical illustration of the hyena teeth and jaw function leads to incorrect interpretations of hyenas as possible producers (cf. [6]). Table 1.Studied and from literature compiled cave bear, hyena, wolf den sites with pseudo-bone flutes (i.e. VIEW more from this CONTRIBUTOR. Herein, even more of such cave bear bones with holes can be added with focus only on the femora (figures 5–7), from German and Romanian cave bear den sites (therefore not limited to Slovenia at all, as mentioned by Turk et al. This is known due to lack of breakage on most of the cave bear cub femora, which generally show additional diagonal zigzag margins (from chewing joints by scissor teeth of hyenas) or have triangular or smaller scratch tooth marks. Die ‘Neanderthalerflote’ von Divje-Babe: Eine Revolution in der Musikgeschichte? Take your passion further by supporting and driving more of the nature news you know and love. Rose’s poems have appeared in many online and print journals, including Anon, Anti-, The Dark Horse, and The … Figure 2. The ‘bear’ essentials: actualistic reserach on Ursus arctos arctos in the Spanish Pyrenees and its implications for palaeontology and archaeology, The sound paradox. Studied and from literature compiled cave bear, hyena, wolf den sites with pseudo-bone flutes (i.e. There, damage on cave bear bones is now well known and reported in several publications (e.g. Finally, some flakes and refitted cub femora, both with tooth mark holes, prove the bone cracking activities at cave sites. also carnivore fauna in [25]) are none, because as ignored in intensive cave bear den cave site taphonomy studies of Europe, the models of presence and absence of any large predator are well known [4,13,18,19,23]. Neanderthal flute from Divje Babe I: old and new findings. Todkopf calls it a "Neanderthal tuba." (6) Selected femur fragments of cub to subadult cave bears (U. s. eremus and U. s. Other authors doubted the ‘flute’ and human origin however (e.g. The Divje Babe flute is believed to be one of the earliest examples of a musical instrument. The first ‘Neanderthal cave bear bone flute’ from the Middle Palaeolithic was... 2.2 The long discussed Slovenian punctured cave bear cub bone find. Niko Borish is a Teen Volunteer in the Education Department. With increasing calcification of the shaft compacta, spiral breakage and sometimes back flaking patterns occur. These predators specialized in consuming mainly (and especially in winter times during cave bear hibernation) cave bears in boreal forest mountain regions, but in different ways and with different impact on the carcasses and bone destruction (cf. The first ‘Neanderthal cave bear bone flute’ from the Middle Palaeolithic was believed to have been discovered in the 1920s from Potočka Zijalka Jama Cave (i.e. Cracking and nibbling marks as indicators for the Upper Pleistocene spotted hyaena as a scavenger of cave bear (Ursus spelaeus Rosenmüller 1794) carcasses in the Perick Caves den of Northwest Germany. : X-ray computed microtomography of the Divje Babe flute. There are two things we can all agree on, though: we hope someday to uncover the true origin of the Divje Babe bone flute, and musical instruments certainly rank among the greatest inventions of members of the genus Homo. 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). (4) Shaft from the Oase Cave, Romania, cranial (IR collection). 652 de Divje Babe I et arguments pour la défense des specimens pb51/20 et pb606 du MNM de Budapest. Indeed, neither hyenas, modern nor extinct, nor any carnivores mentioned use canines for ‘bone crushing’ (e.g. That’s especially true of our planet’s countless wild species: big and small, threatened and persecuted, complex and fascinating. [65]) restudy of the bone excluded Ice Age hyenas, arguing with ‘abnormal biting or chewing behaviour using their canine teeth’ (cf. How to assess the acoustic significance of archaeological evidence. : X-ray computed microtomography of the Divje Babe flute. Figure 2. I guess that it's not surprising that there's rather a lot of uncertainty regarding Neanderthal artifacts. figure 2). [3,12–16–22,51,54,55]). 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’. ", Budding naturalist and bird nerd, Ian holds the digital fort at Earth Touch. It is no wonder then that further incorrectness about cave bear bone taphonomy at Divje Babe Cave 1 was published (cf. Europe's first Upper Pleistocene Crocuta crocuta spelaea (Goldfuss, 1823) skeleton from the Konìprusy Caves—a hyena cave prey depot site in the Bohemian Karst (Czech Republic)—Late Pleistocene woolly rhinoceros scavengers. The comparison focused on the presence/absence and positions of round–oval puncture marks. Neither carnivores nor cave bears (herbivorous) used their canine teeth to crush longbones, or any other bones. Puncture holes are produced by canines (in cranium), whereas the breakage of the left mandible is the result of hyena premolar cracking teeth. Another juvenile bear cub femur with holes from Divje Babe I Cave, Slovenia, a small cave bear den (cf. 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. [24]; see figures 1, 5–7 and table 1). helped in the Perick Cave exploration and bone dump work. definitions and discussions in [4,14,18–20,20,21,54,74]. Museum employees, volunteers, and interns are encouraged to blog about their unique experiences and … No contest. Actually, some remains had been found earlier, but not recognised as a separate species from us. [60]) and are very different also on the hole margins and forms. Such mandibles were crushed always similar with damaging the ramus, or flakes of the lower distal mandible. Aurignacian/Gravettian times) used caves all over Europe for cub raising and hibernation. 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. (3) Femur from Sophie's Cave, Germany (photos adapted from [22]; SMM collection). 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. Oldest and most northern Late Palaeolithic cave bear hunters in Europe. Hyenas left bones in repeating similar tooth mark and crush damage stages, demonstrating a butchering/bone cracking strategy. In a world bursting with news, nature is our niche – and we love it that way. 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]). 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. I. Geology and palaeontology. (2) Proximally chewed and punctured femur joint of a subadult cave bear (U. s. spelaeus or U. ingressus) from the Weiße Kuhle Cave, Germany. 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. On average 80% of the cub, and 20% of the adult cave bear bones have large predator damage. Stages of cave bear femur destruction by Ice Age spotted hyena. 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 … [28]). The material was found in a limestone quarry near Düsseldorf. Published by the Royal Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License Pleistocene bears in the Swabian Jura (Germany): genetic replacement, ecological displacement, extinctions and survival. Adult femora have no puncture marks, because those directly flaked into pieces.Download figureOpen in new tabDownload powerPoint. You, our viewers, are passionate about these stories we tell. Les flûtes paléolithiques: Divje Babe I, Stállóskö, Lokve etc. Their producer, a large carnivore, and the main scavenger/bone destructor of the Ice Age, the Ice Age spotted hyena Crocuta crocuta spelaea, will be discussed as the oval hole producer herein (figure 2), based on the intensive Late Pleistocene central European cave bear and top predator studies in and outside caves of the past years (e.g. The exact carnivore was never estimated, even by newer and fully controversial studies by Turk et al. These flutes require some technique to be able to play. Remains of large mammals from Divje Babe I its stratigraphy, taxonomy and biometry. 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. [73]), because all ‘fragmented’ bones were simply declared as due to ‘sediment pressure’. (eremus or spelaeus) and the large U. ingressus, and from mountainous regions, where Ice Age spotted hyenas were around all over Europe (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). Adult femora have no puncture marks, because those directly flaked into pieces. Several cave bear dens were studied, as well as larger bone collections (figure 1 and table 1). At the shaft ends those vary more, and result from diagonal cuts, mainly. (4) Femur from Divje Babe Cave 1—‘the Neanderthal bone flute holotype’, Slovenia (photos from NMLS collection). [9,10]). partly with spiral breakage, and tooth mark impact marks on the surfaces from the Weiße Kuhle Cave, Germany (PAL collection). [1]; figure 1). Potok Cave), Slovenia [].This was a larger cave bear den (cf. 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). Now it's time to stop the music, say two archaeologists who examined the purported flute last spring. 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. Puncture holes are produced by canines (in cranium), whereas the breakage of the left mandible is the result of hyena premolar cracking teeth. [24]). Also, possibly most herbivorous small U. s. eremus and full herbivorous U. ingressus (e.g. Puncture marks of premolar teeth are only present in cub femur bones, owing to slight phosphatic calcification of the shaft. 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. and U. ingressus) cub femora (less than 1 year individual age) from various European large cave bear den sites. S. Stevens did the spell-check of the first draft, whereas the illustrations are from G. Teichmann. Figure 1. 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. Divje Babe is the oldest known archaeological site in Slovenia. It's possible that Neanderthals may still have got their groove on by clapping their hands or slapping their bodies (still better than modern pop music), but there is no evidence that they actually created musical instruments. The dentition is very heterodont in those specialized mammals (cf. The research was sponsored by the Private Research Institute PaleoLogic (www.paleologic.eu), which runs the ‘European Ice Age spotted hyena project’. 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]. However, the main ‘bone destructor’ is known to be the European Ice Age spotted hyena [19] (figure 2), with cave bear bone damage first understood at the overlapping hyena den (cave entrance) and cave bear den of the Perick Caves [50–52], with newer proof at Sophie's Cave [21,22], and Hermann's Cave [16] or Zoolithen Cave [18] and herein best demonstrated and newly added for the Weiße Kuhle Cave (figures 3, 4, 6 and 7). Late Pleistocene Eemian hyena and steppe lion feeding strategies on their largest prey—Palaeoloxodon antiquus Falconer and Cautley 1845 at the straight-tusked elephant graveyard and Neanderthal site Neumark-Nord Lake 1, Central Germany. ‘bone flute holes’ (composed and adapted from [4,14,15,22,23]; illustrations G. Teichmann).Download figureOpen in new tabDownload powerPointFigure 3. []; figure 1).In this cave, cave bear … Holotype skulls, stratigraphy, bone taphonomy and excavation history in the Zoolithen Cave and new theory about Esper's ‘great deluge’. (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. [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). Because it has the characteristics of a flute, he dubbed it a Neanderthal flute. Between damage stages 2 (cutting) and 3 (cracking), there are already differences in cub to adult cave bear femora (figures 6 and 7). 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. [25]). A hyena tried to cut the distal joint. Her first book of poems, Bundle o’ Tinder, was selected by Richard Wilbur for the 2007 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, and will be published by Waywiser Press in November this year. [1,7,9], or deeper in caves due to cave bear hunt [23]. The ‘cave bear cub femora with holes’ are, in all cases, neither instruments nor human made at all. tooth with intact crown tip); (b) round surface breakages of compacta, i.e. General cave bear bone damage by large carnivores (lion, hyena, wolf) is present in all of those large cave bear dens. Enter your email address below and we will send you the reset instructions. Finally, the position of the bite mark holes and their orientation in oval pits are calculated at similar more or less cylindrical in the middle of the shaft formed longbones: radius, femur and tibia. figure 2). Small parallel rectangular scratches on the pseudo-bone flute of Divje Babe Cave 1 were misinterpreted as cut marks (cf. (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). First, from the literature available, ‘bone flutes’ were compiled and reinterpreted herein with new drawings (figure 5 and table 1). (a) Dorsal, (b) lateral, (c) detail of lateral tooth mark holes (produced by carnivore canines, best fitting to hyenas or lions) (PAL collection). 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. Figure 4. Unlike the hyena 'chew toys' identified in the study, these flutes show clear evidence of tool work and resemble modern instruments. The final proof of holes in femur shafts comes from the crushed and flaked specimens (figure 6(8–14)), which are documented herein for the first time within a cave bear den. The Divje Babe Flute is made from the bone of a cave bear femur, and it is pierced by holes that have the spacing and alignment of a flute. New perspectives on the beginnings of music: archaeological and musicological analysis of a Middle Paleolithic bone ‘flute’. The five-holed flute has a V-shaped mouthpiece and is made from a vulture wing bone. 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). Fink [30,31] declared then to the top of this, without natural scientific studies, that the hole spacing matched a ‘diatonic scale sequence, among the most widespread scales known’—which underlines, also contradictory, that this is not of human origin. 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). The impact marks are two types: (a) full and deep into the spongiosa, i.e. A studied ulna of a cave bear at the site is one of the best examples of bone crushing by hyena premolar teeth. 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. (5–6) Cub radi from the Weiße Kuhle Cave, Germany. 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. 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)). [24] was incorrectly presented, using only one lower jaw premolar, although the bone crushing triangle consists of three teeth (figure 2). Ice Age spotted hyenas as Neanderthal exhumers and scavengers in Europe. Therefore, all other top predators—except hyenas—can be excluded, at least for the round–oval punctures in cave bear longbone shafts. (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). The position of the holes is mostly on the herein studied 19 cub femora, on the ventral side, and not on the dorsal convex side (cf. '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. Also the figure of bone crushing by Turk et al. figure 2). Sixteen carefully aligned holes dot the surface of the six-foot-long tusk. Herein the bone damage stages 1–3 (1, chewed joint; 2, shaft; 3, fragments) are presented in detail for cave bear femora of cubs, subadult and adult cave bears. A skull cap was first discovered, followed by two femurs, five arm bones, part of the left pelvis, and fragments of a shoulder blade and ribs. The Neanderthal, a species of the genus Homo, was a near relative of our own species.Its scientific name is Homo neanderthalensis or Homo sapiens neanderthalensis.. Neanderthal fossils were only found in Europe, Asia Minor and up to central Asia.The first fossil was found in a limestone quarry near Düsseldorf: One of the workers found part of a skeleton, in a valley called Neanderthal.Experts Johann … The Oase Cave material was studied in the Speleological Institute Emil Racovita. (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. 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. Ichnological and ethological studies in one of Europe's famous bear den in the Urşilor Cave (Carpathians, Romania). Login with Facebook [33,70,71]). The flute is thought to have been fashioned from the femur or a cave bear. 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