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The origins of music: Evidence, theory and prospects

Killin, Anton


Music is a fascinating topic for evolutionary theory, natural philosophy, and narrative construction: music is a highly valued feature of all known living cultures, pervading many aspects of daily life, playing many roles. And music is ancient. The oldest known musical instruments appear in the archaeological record from 40,000 years ago (40 Kya) and from these we can infer even earlier musical artefacts/activities, as yet unrepresented in the archaeological record. I argue that, following...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Music & Science
DOI: 10.1177/2059204317751971
Access Rights: Open Access


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