Scientists have discovered the oldest playable musical instrument in the world. It’s a flute carved from a bird’s wing bone more than 9,000 years ago. The flute was discovered with other flutes at an ancient burial site in China. “The flute makes a reedy, pleasant sound,” says researcher Garman Harbottle of New York’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. Harbottle helped date the flutes.

These Web sites can tell you more about the flute:

Archaeology: Oldest Musical Instruments Still Play a Tune

Nature Science Update: The Rime of the Ancient Cabbage

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