42,000 Year Old Fishing Hook Defies ‘Accepted’ Aboriginal History
An archaeologist at the Australian National University, Sue O’Connor, found more than 38,000 bones from almost 2900 individual fish in Jerimalai Cave.
“What the site in East Timor has shown us is that early modern humans in island south-east Asia had amazingly advanced maritime skills,” she said. “They were expert at catching the types of fish that would be challenging even today.”
About 50 per cent of the fish bones in the oldest area of occupation in Jerimalai, dated at between 38,000 and 42,000 years old, came from ocean fish, such as tuna and