Australia’s Narakurte caves may be 500,000 years older than previously thought

(ORDO NEWS) — To date, it has been difficult to determine the exact age of the caves.

However, a new study by scientists from the University of Cape Town, the University of Melbourne, and the University of Adelaide reveals just how old the Narakurte Caves really are.

Their answer is 500,000 years older than previously thought.

Australian Narakurte caves may be 500,000 years older than previously thought Among the remains preserved in the layers of sand in these caves are the bones of many iconic Australian megafauna species that became extinct between 48,000 and 37,000 years ago.

The reasons for the extinction of these species of megafauna are actively discussed. But the older the fossils we can find, the better we can understand the evolution and extinction of a species.

New finds shed new light on the antiquity of this important site. The researchers hope this will help understand how biodiversity is responding to climate change over time.

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