Benyamin Tarus, one of the locally hired workers, was excavating the 2 x 2 meter square when all of a sudden the top of a skull began to reveal itself.
Six meters beneath the surface of the cave, Wahyu immediately joined Benyamin and the two of them slowly and carefully removed some more sediment from around the top of the skull.
Wahyu then asked Indonesian faunal expert Rokus Due Awe to inspect the excavated portion of the skull.
Rokus told Wahyu that the skull definitely belonged to a and most likely that of a small child given the size of its braincase. G., Rokus Awe Due, Maeda, T., Wasisto, S., Djubiantono, T., 2005.
By the end of the field season, the team had recovered much of the rest of this hominin's partial skeleton, the likes of which had never been discovered before.
Today, this specimen is referred to as LB1 (Liang Bua 1), and is the At the time of the discovery, the Liang Bua Research Team included specialists in archeology, geochronology, and faunal identification, but there was no physical anthropologist. Mike Morwood, the co-leader of the project, invited his colleague at the University of New England in Australia, Dr.
This cave, known as Liang Bua (which means "cool cave"), was first excavated by Father Verhoeven in 1965.
Late Cretaceous Sn–W deposits, including the Xishan deposit, form an EW-trending belt from Guangdong to Yunnan Province in South China.
This belt is in accordance with the direction of the Neo-Tethys slab rollback in the Late Cretaceous.
Almost thirty years later, an Indonesian-Dutch research team uncovered evidence at the Soa Basin which confirmed Verhoeven's original findings.
This team even went further by dating some of the stone tools and fossils using paleomagnetism (a method of determining the age of ancient sediments) and showed they were probably around 700,000 years old.
Thus, on Flores there were only a small number of mammal and reptile species during the entire During the 1950s and 60s, a Dutch priest named Father Theodor Verhoeven lived and worked on Flores at a Catholic Seminary.