Mungo Man


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A 40,000–68,000 year old male skeleton—Pleistocene epoch—found in the Lake Mungo dig in New South Wales, and the oldest human fossil in Australia
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With permission of local Aborigines who share ownership of the skeleton called Mungo Man, DNA was painstakingly extracted from bone samples that had naturally chipped off the precious remains.
Thorne, a professor at the Australian National University in Canberra, said Mungo Man was a fully modern human with DNA that is different from any living human, but with a skeleton typical of today's Aborigines.
''It means (Mungo Man's genetic makeup) developed somewhere else, probably in Asia,'' he said.
The popular concept that the fine features of skulls from the basin's Willandra Lakes area (Mungo Man, currently the oldest find at 25,000 years) are Chinese in origin, while the heavier and more robust ones upstream at Kow Swamp emanate from Java or South East Asia in general, has also been challenged by Dr Pardoe, as it has by a number of archaeologists over the last decade.