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Based on his expertise on ancient documents and biblical genealogies, the Irish Archbishop James Ussher (1581–1656) estimated that our planet was created in the morning of October 23, 4004 BC.
Our understanding of world chronology has come a long way since Ussher’s times, thanks to many of the clever dating methods we have developed.
Wallacean islands are interesting because they have rarely, if ever, been connected via land bridges to either the Asian continent to the west or the Greater Australian continent to the east.
This cave, known as Liang Bua (which means "cool cave"), was first excavated by Father Verhoeven in 1965.
While living on Flores, he identified dozens of archeological sites and conducted excavations at many of these, including the now famous site of Liang Bua where the "hobbits" of human evolution were discovered ( from Java was likely behind making the stone tools found on Flores and may have reached the island around 750,000 years ago.
At the time, paleoanthropologists took little notice of Verhoeven's claims or if they did, they discounted them outright.
Peter Brown, to lead the description and analysis of the skeletal remains. Brown is an expert on , mandibular, and dental anatomy of early and modern humans and he agreed to apply his expertise to the study of the new bones from Liang Bua.
This important scientific work resulted in the first descriptions of these skeletal remains in the journal Nature on October 28, 2004. Excavations at Tangi Talo, central Flores, Indonesia.