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Over 1,000 stone tools found in Borneo

Over 1,000 stone tools dating back 235,000 years have been found in Borneo, pushing the date of human settlement in the area back by nearly 30,000 years.

The professor said the new evidence showed that humans from the South-East Asian mainland came to Borneo when the Sunda Plain still existed.

(Also known as the Sunda Shelf, it is geologically an extension of the continental shelf of South-East Asia with the major land masses being the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo, Java, Madura, Bali and their surrounding smaller islands. It covers an area of approximately 1.85 million square kilometres.)

Dr Mokhtar said that when connected to other Paleolithic archaeological sites in Sabah, the Mansuli Valley site established that the early humans had consistently made this part of Borneo their home.

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Story: Durie Rainer Fong, AsiaOne | Photo: NST

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