However, in 2001 the new goals were to excavate deeper into the cave's stratigraphy to explore if modern or pre-modern humans were using Liang Bua prior to 10,000 years ago. On Saturday, September 6, 2003, Indonesian archeologist Wahyu Saptomo was overseeing the excavation of Sector VII at Liang Bua. Benyamin Tarus, one of the locally hired workers, was excavating the 2 x 2 meter square when all of a sudden the top of a skull began to reveal itself. 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.
Thus, on Flores there were only a small number of mammal and reptile species during the entire During the 1950s and 60s, a Dutch priest named Father Theodor Verhoeven lived and worked on Flores at a Catholic Seminary. For their height, these individuals have large body masses, and in this regard appear more similar to earlier hominins like "Lucy" ( was being recovered, Dr. Excavations at Liang Bua and elsewhere on Flores continue, and hopefully these will shed additional light on the enigmatic hominin species The Liang Bua Excavation Team Leaders in 2009, from left to right, Dr. Nearly half of all searches online last year in North America were from people looking for dating sites.All of this early work at Liang Bua only explored deposits that occurred within the first three meters of the cave floor. These deposits are dated to within the last 10,000 years and contain considerable archeological and faunal evidence of modern human use of the cave, as well as skeletal remains of modern humans.