Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952453 | Print ISBN: 9780761930297 | Online ISBN: 9781412952453| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Donald E. Tyler
Of the four major geographical areas where fossil hominids are found, Southeast Asia is the least understood. Except for some isolated teeth, the only fossil hominid remains in Southeast Asia are from sites near the Ngandong (Solo) River of central Java, Indonesia. Of fossils sites in central Java, Sangiran is the most important. The villages in Sangiran are famous among paleoanthropologists because they lie on sedimentary layers rich in the remains of Homo erectus and other extinct plants and animals. Fossils from the dated volcanic levels of Sangiran indicate that Homo erectus lived in the Sangiran area Approximately ...