Skip to comments.37,000-Year-old Skull From Borneo Reveals Surprise For Scientists
Posted on 06/30/2016 9:09:04 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
A new study of the 37,000-year old remains of the "Deep Skull" - the oldest modern human discovered in island South-East Asia - has revealed this ancient person was not related to Indigenous Australians, as had been originally thought.
The Deep Skull was also likely to have been an older woman, rather than a teenage boy.
The research, led by UNSW Australia Associate Professor Darren Curnoe, represents the most detailed investigation of the ancient cranium specimen since it was found in Niah Cave in Sarawak in 1958.
"Our analysis overturns long-held views about the early history of this region," says Associate Professor Curnoe, Director of the UNSW Palaeontology, Geobiology and Earth Archives Research Centre (PANGEA).
"We've found that these very ancient remains most closely resemble some of the Indigenous people of Borneo today, with their delicately built features and small body size, rather than Indigenous people from Australia." ...
The Deep Skull was discovered by Tom Harrisson of the Sarawak Museum during excavations at the West Mouth of the great Niah Cave complex and was analysed by prominent British anthropologist Don Brothwell.
In 1960, Brothwell concluded the Deep Skull belonged to an adolescent male and represented a population of early modern humans closely related, or even ancestral, to Indigenous Australians, particularly Tasmanians.
"Brothwell's ideas have been highly influential and stood largely untested, so we wanted to see whether they might be correct after almost six decades," says Curnoe.
"Our study challenges many of these old ideas. It shows the Deep Skull is from a middle-aged female rather than a teenage boy, and has few similarities to Indigenous Australians. Instead, it more closely resembles people today from more northerly parts of South-East Asia."
(Excerpt) Read more at popular-archaeology.com ...
The biggest surprise the scientists had was when they discovered the man who had been dead for 37,000 years had earlier this year in Chicago voted a straight Democrat ticket!
Dig one of those up and an hour later
you’ll want to excavate something else!
Right, Asians in America first as well and killed off by Indians who came from somewhere else.
Replacement zero, multiregional model two.
New DNA study confirms ancient Aborigines were the First Australians
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The original excavation of Mungo Man, found near Lake Mungo in southwestern New South Wales, Australia. Wilfred Shawcross., Author provided
That is not, in fact, surprising.
So is the science settled now?
It looks like the ape died from a gunshot to the head. : )
36999 times — even he wasn’t fooled by Obama the second time.
Actually, it belonged to a middle aged Borneo woman identifying as a teenaged Australian boy. Now, let’s see science put that into the evolutionary chart.
You’ve gotta admit the Chinese are persistent.
They’ve been trying to establish a presence in SE Asia
for nigh on 40 millenia! ;-)
The name is Mongo!
Please, not treat Mongo like pawn.
It says “eat at Luigi’s” /obscure film reference
I went to the first movie of my life at age six or so at the Ball theatre in Pageland, SC which belonged to Van Lingle Mungo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKzobTlF8fM his brother was a teacher at Pageland high when I was in high school. Van Lingle Mungo was a “high kicker” on the pitcher’s mound as was his brother. At one time Mungo was listed in the Guiness book of world records for having the world’s fastest pitch.
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