Kow Swamp

Modern humans reach Australia

Although archaeological evidence dates back to at least 50,000 years ago, the oldest known human skeletal remains in Australia are about 40,000 years old. This 13,000 - 9,000 year old Homo sapiens skull from Kow Swamp has a more rugged build than earlier skulls.


Image of Kow Swamp, skull, 3/4 view
Kow Swamp
Exhibit item
Kow Swamp, Australia
Date of discovery: 
Discovered by: 
Alan Thorne and Phillip Macumber
About 13,000 - 9,000 years old
Homo sapiens