Geoarchaeological finds below Liang Bua (Flores, Indonesia): A split-level cave system for Homo floresiensis?
Michael K Gagan, Linda K Ayliffe, Garry K Smith, John C Hellstrom, Heather Scott-Gagan, Russell N Drysdale, Neil Anderson, Bambang W Suwargadi, Ken P Aplin, Jian-xin Zhao, Colin W Groves, Wahyoe S Hantoro, Tony Djubiantono
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2015
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We dedicate this paper to the memory of Mike Morwood who inspired the discovery of H. floresiensis and eagerly supported our work in Liang Bawah. We particularly thank ARKENAS for their permission to study Liang Bawah, and Wahyu Saptomo, Rokus Awe Due and Jatmiko for helpful discussions at Liang Bua. The fieldwork was carried out in collaboration with the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) under LIPI Research Permit numbers 04057/SU/KS/2006 and 2748/SU3/KS/2007, and greatly benefited from caving expertise and scientific input given by Jodie Rutledge, Eko Yulianto, Alan Cooper, Kira Westaway, Carol Lentfer, Emma St Pierre, Michael Griffiths, and Sophie Lewis. Yue-xing Feng kindly performed the TIMS U-Th dating of three stalagmites at the University of Queensland. We thank the people of Rampasasa village for their generous support of the fieldwork, including the superb logistical services of Pious, Kornelius Podha and Agus Mangga. The work was supported by Australian Research Council Discovery grants DP0663274 and DP1095673 to M.K.G., R.N.D., J.-x.Z., J.C.H. and W.S.H.