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How was Mungo Man found?

A kangaroo skeleton on the Lake Mungo lunette. Photograph © Ian Brown

Late one afternoon in 1974, after some heavy rain, geologist Jim Bowler was riding his motor bike around the Lake Mungo lunette, continuing his studies. He spotted something he hadn't seen before - the gleam of a white object poking out of the soil. When he looked closer he realised it was a human cranium.

Bowler asked anthropologist Alan Thorne to help with the excavation. It revealed the almost complete skeleton of an adult male, who was designated Lake Mungo III.