Perhaps though, the most notable of the many finds made at this site, was the discovery and authentication of fossilized human remains, in the form of Mungo Man (also referred to as WLH3, LM3).
Bowler recounts that the initial excavation phase took place following a survey he “conducted of the stratigraphy and Quaternary geology of dry lakes in western New South Wales, [during which he] …
Since the first initial surveys of the area a number of important finds have been uncovered at this site.
These include, food debris, artefacts, and fire places, all well preserved in the shore clay and sands around the lake area.
recorded evidence of human occupation on ancient Quaternary strandlines” (Bowler et al. Bowler also chronicles that on a subsequent exploration of the Willandra Lakes area, that took place in March of I969, he was accompanied by a team of earth scientists from Canberra.
Understanding of the Pleistocene megafaunal extinctions has been advanced recently by the application of simulation models and new developments in geochronological dating.
The findings challenge for the first real time history's version of events and by now placing our ancestors in Tasmania at the same time as large prehistoric animals, like the Protemnodon anak (a giant wallaby), raises the chances we were involved in their extinction.
The climate change debate Popular belief has centred on three likely scenarios for the mass extinction of the megafauna in the region: environmental causes related to climate change, which was considered the key cause of their extinction.The lake area including the lunette (dune) is part of the Mungo National Park while the archaeological site referenced as Lake Mungo is denoted as the south west division of the Mungo Lunette.This area is one of the oldest archaeological sites in Australia (see figure 1: A map showing the location of Lake Mungo).The cause of the extinction of giant birds, reptiles, and mammals in the late Pleistocene is, for palaeobiology, what Fermat's last theorem was for mathematics (1): a long-standing scientific puzzle that has captured the imagination of specialists and nonspecialists alike (2).Debate about the possible cause of the extinction has continued for over 150 yr (3–5), stimulated by new fossil finds, dating techniques, and modes of analysis.Subscribe to home delivery or digital Digital Services Have news alerts sent to your mobile device or email, read the e-Edition, sign up for daily newsletters, activate your all access, enter contests, take quizzes, download our mobile apps and see the latest e-circulars.