Oldest Modern Human Skull Was Not Related To Indigenous Australians

Posted: Jun 27 2016, 5:03am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Oldest Modern Human Skull Was Not Related to Indigenous Australians
Bones from the 37,000 year old Deep Skull from Niah Cave in Sarawak. Image credit: Curnoe
  • Age Old Borneo Deep Skull yields New Facts
  • 37,000-year old Deep Skull was of an older woman rather than a teenage boy

An age old deep skull from Borneo has yielded new facts that have surprised the researchers.

A 37,000 year old deep skull from Borneo shows that it was in no way related to the Australians. This comes as somewhat of a shock to the scientists. The deep skull probably belongs to an old woman rather than a teenage boy.

The skull was originally found in Niah Cave in Sarawak in 1958. An analysis of the skull has turned up such a rich cornucopia of data that breaks stereotypes about the region in which it was found.

The old remains resemble the natives of Borneo. These natives have small-sized bodies and a delicate physiognomy. This is unlike the natives of Australia.

The study, led by UNSW Australia Associate Professor Darren Curnoe and researchers from the Sarawak Museum Department and Griffith University, is published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.

The “Deep Skull” was found by Tom Harrisson of the Sarawak Museum. Way back in 1960, Don Brothwell, who analyzed the skull came to the conclusion that the skull belonged to a teenage male. He labeled the skull as being that of an indigenous Australian.

The verdict was that it belonged to a Tasmanian. Brothwell’s thesis was the standard explanation that went the rounds. It remained untested by anyone else.

Only six decades after the accepted thesis, did work begin on re-examining the premises of the finding. The novel study seems to throw the gauntlet to the previous research.

For one thing, it shows that the skull belongs to a female and an old one at that. As for the ancestory, it is not native Australian but rather belongs to the people of the area.

South East Asian ancestory is what we are talking about here. Many more secrets will be revealed regarding the deep skull of Borneo as time passes.

The fact that the skull is from Borneo changes the game in a radical manner. The past research is rendered obsolete thanks to this new thesis and now the search is on to find out all that can be gleaned regarding this deep skull.

This deep skull was the nexus discovery that led to a ton of facts. One of the theories that was expounded had to do with native Australians inhabiting the region that was Borneo in the past.

It was said that later on they were also supplanted by farmers from China. The novel study explodes this myth and says that the earliest inhabitants were in fact native people who had a small size and delicate features.

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