Re: Austrailia

20 Sep 1995 21:20:30 GMT

Lynn Garth ( wrote:
: Figured I'd throw a couple of questions out:

: A.. What are the possibilities in finding evidence of early homonids in
: the Land Down Under?

Very low--very few mammals have made it into Australia across a 40 km sea
barrier. On the other hand, Australia and New Guinea appear to be the
venue of the earliest modern H. sapiens (defined culturally and narrowly).

: B. Have any homonid fossils been found in China lately?

Yes. Recent publications in Nature.

By the way, homonid is incorrect. I suspect you mean hominid--defined
basically as bipedal members of the African Ape clade.

Harry Erwin
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