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Lake Mungo dried up around 14,000 years ago, and today a great crescent-shaped dune, called the Walls of China, stretches along the eastern shore of the lakebed.
It was at Mungo where the remains of a cremated skeleton of a human was found and later to be known as Mungo Woman. Six years later, a Mungo Man was found, buried in a pit strewn with ochre.
Carbon dating showed that Mungo woman was at least 26,000 years old, and that Mungo Man lived some 62,000 years ago. The discovery threatened to rewrite the history of human occupation in Australia, and had profound implications for the origins of modern man. More recently, the scientific consensus is that both skeletons are around 40,000 years old.

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  • Copyright: Sue Clemens (SueC) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 28] (73)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2007-09-09
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2009-02-18 2:44
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