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Updated 07 September 2017

Have you ever wondered what music is?

Have you ever wondered what music is, when it started and why it’s so important to humans? In a recent article, the University of Oxford’s Jeremy Montagu notes that some of the oldest instruments are between 39 000 and 43 000 years old and that much earlier, the Neanderthals had the vocal anatomy necessary to allow them to "sing" like us. Montague defines music as "sound that conveys emotion" and believes that it has played a crucial role in bonding humans into cohesive social groups for a very long time.

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