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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Mungo National Park, New South Wales

Mungo National Park lies 120 kilometers north of Mildura, where we are staying.  The road is unsealed for most of this, and becomes impassable if there is more than a couple of millimeters of rainfall.  For this reason we opted to go with a guide and were glad we did.  This is where the archaeological remains of Mungo Lady and Mungo Man were discovered, in 1969 and 1974 respectfully.  These are the oldest anatomically modern human remains found in Australia, and have been dated by numerous people from numerous countries.  The consensus is between 40 - 68,000 years old.

This is the environment the bones were found in, although not this exact place (as that is not open to the public).
Wombat jawbone, thought to be about 200 years old.  This is just lying on the sand where it was uncovered by the shifting sands,

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