Title Fossils rewrite story of human settlement in southeast Asia Degree of recognition National Media name/outlet Cosmos Magazine Media type Country/Territory Australia Date 14/08/17 Description Humans lived on Sumatra 20,000 years earlier than previously thought and were sophisticated rainforest dwellers, according to re-analysis of fossil teeth from a lost cave. Producer/Author Andrew Masterton URL https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/fossils-rewrite-story-of-human-settlement-in-southeast-asia Persons KE Westaway Title Humans were in Indonesia more than 63,000 years ago Degree of recognition International Media name/outlet Ars Technica Media type Web Country/Territory United States Date 12/08/17 Description In the Padang Highlands of western Sumatra, a large island in Indonesia, there is a small cave called Lida Ajer that has long offered up clues about human history. Dutch paleoanthropologist Eugene Dubois first excavated the cave before 1890, and Lida Ajer has turned up plenty of preserved animal remains since, including teeth that were identified as human in 1948.
It’s only now that the cave has been carefully and thoroughly dated, providing a new line of evidence that our species was in the region more than 60,000 years ago.
Producer/Author Cathleen O'Grady URL https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/08/humans-were-in-indonesia-more-than-63000-years-ago/ Persons KE Westaway Title Humans lived in Indonesia’s rainforests more than 70,000 years ago Degree of recognition National Media name/outlet Australian Geographic Media type Web Country/Territory Australia Date 10/08/17 Description Human incursions into Southeast Asia may have occurred more than 20,000 years earlier than previously thought. Producer/Author Karl Gruber Persons KE Westaway Title Arrival of modern humans in Southeast Asia questioned Degree of recognition National Media name/outlet Science Daily Media type Web Country/Territory Australia Date 10/08/17 Description Humans may have exited out of Africa and arrived in Southeast Asia 20,000 years earlier than previously thought, a new
study involving University of Queensland researchers suggests.
Findings from the Macquarie University-led study also suggest humans could have potentially made the crossing to Australia even earlier than the accepted 60,000 to 65,000 years ago.
URL https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170810104931.htm Persons KE Westaway Title Early humans may have seen a supervolcano explosion up close Degree of recognition International Media name/outlet New Scientist Magazine Media type Country/Territory United States Date 9/08/17 Description Two ancient teeth found in an Indonesian cave hint that our species had arrived there as early as 73,000 years ago – and may have had to deal with the biggest supervolcano eruption of the last few million years and also adapt to the challenges of living in thick rainforest.
Many archaeologists were puzzled by the recent discovery of 65,000-year-old stone tools and other artefacts in northern Australia. According to traditional thinking, early members of our species, Homo sapiens, were just beginning to venture out of Africa at this time.
Producer/Author Alice Klein URL https://www.newscientist.com/article/2142952-early-humans-may-have-seen-a-supervolcano-explosion-up-close/ Persons KE Westaway