via The Star, 08 April 2018:
‘They didn’t even have coffins’: The man who dug up the remains of World War II victims in Singapore
via Chanel NewsAsia, 07 April 2018:
SINGAPORE: In 1962, Goh Thiam Hoon had only been digging in the heavy, damp soil for a short while when he found what he was looking for. But achieving his goal on his first day on the job didn’t make him happy. Far from it. “I could not believe it,” he said, describing feelings of uneasiness. Mr Goh, who was aged 25 at the time, had just uncovered a mass grave filled with piles of bones belonging to victims of the Second World War. This was near Jalan Puay Poon in Bedok, close to where Temasek Junior College now sits.
via Forbes, 26 Feb 2018:
An ancient dog skeleton reveals humans’ attachment to canine companions extends to the past.
via Heritage Daily, 12 December 2017: 12,000-year-old fish hooks found in a burial in Alor Island, Indonesia.
via Coconuts Yangon, 08 December 2017
via Sapiens, 30 Nov 2017:
Homo floresiensis thrived on the island of Flores for thousands of years—and then vanished. One researcher is studying rat remains to figure out why.
via Khmer Times, 30 October 2017:
via AFP-New Straits Times, 26 October 2017:
A 6,000-year-old skull found in Papua New Guinea is likely the world’s oldest-known tsunami victim, experts said Thursday after a new analysis of the area it was found in.
The partially preserved Aitape Skull was discovered in 1929 by Australian geologist Paul Hossfeld, 12 kilometres (seven miles) inland from the northern coast of the Pacific nation.
It was long thought to belong to Homo erectus (upright man), an extinct species thought to be an ancestor of the modern human that died out some 140,000 years ago.
But more recent radiocarbon dating estimated it was closer to 6,000 years old, making it a member of our own species – Homo sapiens. At that time, sea levels were higher and the area would have been near the coast.
An international team led by the University of New South Wales returned to the site to collect the same geological deposits observed by Hossfeld.
via Cosmos, 27 September 2017:
The discovery of Homo floresiensis in 2003 threw up many questions about the history of our own species. More than a decade later, they remain unanswered. Debbie Argue, biological anthropologist at the Australian National University, explains why.
via Sydney Morning Herald, 20 August 2017: An interview with Dr Kira Westaway from the University of Wollonggong and the events leading to the paper about finding 65,000 year old human remains in Sumatra.