Mungo Man- ABC Science Colin Groves and Alan Thorne are currently engaged in intense metaphysical fisticuffs about a man who died roughly 60,000 years ago, by the shores of once-verdant Lake Mungo in south-eastern NSW. More specifically, they are arguing about the DNA of this man, known as Mungo Man.
Mungo Archaeological Digs World Heritage listed Lake Mungo is unique in both visible land formations and archaeological significance. Before the lake dried out some 18,000 years ago, Aboriginal people lived on the shores of the lake. Traces of human occupancy - camp hearths, food remains, their clay-pan workshops - and skeletons of now extinct creatures such as the Tasmanian Tiger can still be found in the slowly eroding sand dunes of its shores. Following the discovery of some of the oldest remains of modern humans on earth, Lake Mungo became one of the world’s most significant archaeological sites.