Conch shell from French cave may be prehistoric wind instrument

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Scientists believe a conch shell found in a cave of prehistoric paintings in the French Pyrenees and which since 1931 remained largely forgotten in a French museum, is likely to be a musical intrument dating from around 18,000 years ago due to modifications to the shell which have only recently been studied.

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Some 18,000 years ago, in a cave in what we now call France, a human being left behind something precious: a conch shell, but which was not just any conch shell, reports Wired.