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Implications of the findings at Lake Mungo

Mungo Lady and Mungo Man changed our perspective on the arrival of modern humans to Australia. But can they tell us more? The finds at Mungo have certainly stirred up …

How Old are the Mungo Man Remains?

How do you date a stratigraphy that isn’t there? By reconstructing it from what is… When the LM1 and LM2 (Lake Mungo hominid 1 and 2) remains were discovered, deflation …

Investigating Lake Mungo

The finds at Lake Mungo proved to be very important to our understanding of the culture of the first Australians. In 1969, when the archaeological team visited the site for …

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Thank you for joining in with us for A Question of Time: – offered by ARCHE and Griffith University. The Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (ARCHE) is located at …

Introducing Lake Mungo

The first people of Australia arrived around 50,000 years ago. Australia has a very long and rich indigenous heritage. Griffith University acknowledges the Paakantji, Ngyiampaa and Mutthi Mutthi people, pays …

Congratulations on completing the course

Let’s take a moment to celebrate all that we have achieved together and reflect upon the process of the past two weeks. Thanks for joining us for this short course. …

Implications of the findings at Liang Bua

The revised dating of Homo floresiensis answered one challenge – possibly. But the Hobbit still asks important questions. When we talked about investigating Liang Bua, we noted that Homo floresiensis …

Stratigraphy and the Homo Floresiensis Skeleton

To date Homo floresiensis, the original researchers turned to the stratigraphy. When the Homo floresiensis skeleton (LB1) was recovered, it was extremely fragile and was not fossilized (Brown et al., …

Investigating Liang Bua

Homo floresiensis has only been found on the island of Flores. What hominin fossils have been discovered there? The original excavations at Liang Bua in 2003 uncovered the partial skeleton …

Introducing Liang Bua

In 2003 a joint Australian-Indonesian team looking for evidence of the migration of Homo sapiens into Australia discovered something unexpected. The island of Flores is part of the Sunda Arc …

Implications of the findings at Jebel Irhoud

Our understanding of the hominins from Jebel Irhoud has changed since that first discovery in 1961. The findings from Jebel Irhoud have done much to change our perspectives on human …

Conclusions reached for Jebel Irhoud

With fossils from such a diverse background, several dating methods have been used for the evidence from Jebel Irhoud. In the 1960s, when the hominin fossils were originally discovered at …

Investigating Jebel Irhoud

The discoveries at Jebel Irhoud span decades. But what has been found there? In the 1960s, the barite mining operation unearthed an almost complete skull (known as Irhoud 1). This …

Introducing Jebel Irhoud

So where did our human story start? The evidence suggests that it began in Africa. Africa plays an important role in current perspectives on the evolution of our species. Since …

Reviewing the principles of dating

Let’s take a few moments to remind ourselves of some of the important principles of dating that you investigated last week. There were quite a few principles to consider. We’ve …