Australian researchers have made a major breakthrough after studying remains of a hunter in Indonesia who had his leg amputated more than 30,000 years ago.
Australian researchers uncover Stone Age surgery
Australian researchers have made a groundbreaking discovery that indicates complex surgeries were performed as early as the Stone Age.
The Griffith University team has discovered ancient hunter-gatherers performed successful surgical procedures, previously thought to have only become mainstream this century, more than 30,000 years ago.
The discovery centres on the skeletal remains of a 31,000-year-old hunter in Indonesia.
The remains, uncovered on the island of Borneo in 2020, are believed to be the earliest-known evidence of a successful amputation, predating previous successful surgery by at least 24,000 years.