Thorne et al (1999) carried out a comprehensive ESR and U series dating study on a skeleton found at the Lake Mungo. The estimate of its age is 60,000-62,000 years old! This means there were humans in Australia for much longer than first imagined. This strengthens the climate change hypothesis because it shows that human and animals co-existed for a very long time, so if they co-existed for so long then why would the Late Pleistocene see the sudden demise of megafaunal species? Something else must have been the cause...and I'm betting it was the climate!
|Figure 1: A picture of the human remains, he looks like he is hiding his modesty!|
I promise my next blog entry will be on the climate in Australia in the Late Pleistocene!