Date: December 25, 2015
The results of laboratory tests on two fossils from what some claimed as the
second oldest prehistoric human relics in Taiwan were released Dec. 23 by Taipei City-based National Taiwan Museum, forcing experts to reconsider their archaeological perspectives of Taiwan.
The fossils were originally believed to be from early Homo sapiens of the late Pleistocene era, who are known collectively as Tsuo Chen Man living between 20,000 and 30,000 years ago. But the latest tests by Australian National University and Beta Analytic Inc. in the U.S. re-dated two of the six fossils stored at NTM to around 3,000 and 250 years ago, respectively.
According to Liu Yi-chang, a research fellow in history and philology at Academia Sinica, the results are not overly surprising. “The fossilized parietal bone fragments and molars from different bodies were first found in a riverbed in Tainan City in 1970, and have been the source of much dispute as they were not excavated from geological layers.” [FULL STORY]