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22 June 2012
Prehistoric human remains discovered in Sri Lanka

Archaeology Department of Sri Lanka has found a skeleton of a prehistoric man from the Fa-Hien cave archaeological site in Pahiyangala of Kalutara district. The skeleton is believed to be about 12,000 years old and belonged to a Homo species known as Balangoda Man.
     Director General of the Archaeological Department Dr. Senarath Dissanayaka said that a full skeleton of the Balangoda Man was found during excavations of the Fa-Hien cave. This is the first time a complete skeleton of a prehistoric human was discovered, according to the official. Several other remains dating back from a previous era have been found earlier from the site. These include two prehistoric human skulls that are about 37,000 years old.
     The cave has been known for late Pleistocene human skeletal remains discovered in the 1960s and 1980s.

Edited from Colombo Page (18 June 2012)

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