In this photograph series, we are emphasizing individuals with the unique characteristics that survive from recent anscestors whom we refer to as the "Kow Swamp type". Robust and somewhat archaic, these people have reminded many of earlier types of extinct humans that inhabited South East Asia. The "Cohuna" cranium shown on the right is the first Kow Swamp discovery and is about 15,000 years old. What puzzles paleoanthropologists is that the special archaic "Kow Swamp" traits are from such recent fossils. Scientists wonder how these morphologies might effect various theories of prehistory.
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And now ...enjoy AUSTRALIA'S UNIQUE SURVIVORS - THE ABORIGINES!
by Jim Vanhollebeke - 2003
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