One of the first excavations to find extinct human remains took place on Java in the 1890s, and the original documentation reveals details about the mudflow that encased the fossils there
30 March 2022
The first large excavation of ancient human remains in Indonesia, in the 1890s, were done with great care – according to an analysis of unpublished documents from the dig.
The original excavations revealed that Homo erectus on Java lived in a lush valley alongside a range of large animals, including antelope and elephants. Researchers including Paul C. H. Albers at the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands have analysed the records, and they say the animals in the fossil bed …