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USM Discovers Concrete Evidence That Can Chance The History Of Early Man

PENANG, 29 Jan.- The ‘Out of Africa’ theory that suggested fossils of early man were only found in Georgia roughly 1.7 to 1.8 million years ago, may have to be rewritten with the latest discovery by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) archaelogists.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mokhtar Saidin, Director of the Centre for Archaeological Research Malaysia (PPAM) USM said that further studies carried out at the excavation site at Bukit Bunuh, Lenggong, Perak revealed that early man had existed in Southeast Asia, specifically in Malaysia more than 1.8 million years ago.

The fresh evidence has now become the oldest recorded data of prehistoric man in Southeast Asia compared to other discoveries of prehistoric sites in China, Indonesia and others.

He said that this was based on the discovery of stone artefacts such as handaxes and chopping tools dated at 1.83 million years ago.

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