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In search of the first Asian hominins: excavations at Mata Menge, Flores, Indonesia

Grant


Scheme


  • Discovery Projects

Abstract


  • We will undertake large-scale excavations at Mata Menge, an 880,000 year old site containing Stegodon fossils and stone artefacts in the Soa Basin of Flores, Indonesia. Finding skeletal remains of associated hominins will show whether they were ancestral to Homo floresiensis, a tiny species of human with very primitive traits, found at Liang Bua in West Flores between 95,000 and 17,000 years ago. This will have major implications for the evolutionary history of hominins on Flores; and may shed light on the earliest hominins in Asia, and the evolution and dispersal of genus Homo.

Date/time Interval


  • 2010

Sponsor Award Id


  • DP1093342

Local Award Id


  • 11092

Scheme


  • Discovery Projects

Abstract


  • We will undertake large-scale excavations at Mata Menge, an 880,000 year old site containing Stegodon fossils and stone artefacts in the Soa Basin of Flores, Indonesia. Finding skeletal remains of associated hominins will show whether they were ancestral to Homo floresiensis, a tiny species of human with very primitive traits, found at Liang Bua in West Flores between 95,000 and 17,000 years ago. This will have major implications for the evolutionary history of hominins on Flores; and may shed light on the earliest hominins in Asia, and the evolution and dispersal of genus Homo.

Date/time Interval


  • 2010

Sponsor Award Id


  • DP1093342

Local Award Id


  • 11092