First human ancestors to leave Africa died out in Java, scientists say

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The last known resting place of Homo erectus, one of the most successful human ancestors and
the first to walk fully upright, has been traced to a floodplain near the longest river on the
Indonesian island of Java. A dozen partial skulls and two shinbones, discovered in a bonebed near the Solo river in the 1930s, but never reliably dated, have now been placed at between 108,000 and 117,000 years old after a comprehensive survey of the site.

Period19 Dec 2019

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  • TitleFirst human ancestors to leave Africa died out in Java, scientists say
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletThe Guardian
    Media typeWeb
    CountryAustralia
    Date19/12/19
    DescriptionThe last known resting place of Homo erectus, one of the most successful human ancestors and the first to walk fully upright, has been traced to a floodplain near the longest river on the
    Indonesian island of Java. A dozen partial skulls and two shinbones, discovered in a bonebed near the Solo river in the
    1930s, but never reliably dated, have now been placed at between 108,000 and 117,000 years old after a comprehensive survey of the site.
    Producer/AuthorIan Sample
    PersonsKira Westaway