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Come Face-To-Face With The 11,000-Year-Old Prehistoric “Perak Man” Reconstructed By USM Scientists

Come Face-To-Face With The 11,000-Year-Old Prehistoric “Perak Man” Reconstructed By USM Scientists

People during the paleolithic hunted and collected food, went fishing and even did their own gardening.

Akmal Hakim

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Scientists have remarkably reconstructed the face of Perak Man, the oldest fossilized human remains discovered in Malaysia.

Using state-of-the-art virtual 3D modelling techniques, researchers from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) managed to digitally piece together bones, muscles, flesh and hair to make their most accurate representation of what Perak Man had looked like.

Computer reconstruction of Perak Man’s facial features.
(The Malaysian Journal of Medical Science)

Who was Perak Man?

What Perak Man could have looked like.
(The Malaysian Journal of Medical Science)

Named after the state he was discovered in, the remains of Orang Perak or Perak Man was unearthed in Gua Runtuh in Lenggong Valley, Perak in the 1990s which has been recognised as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

Perak Man’s remains are the most complete skeleton of a palaeolithic humanoid found in Southeast Asia that’s dated to be between 10,000 to 11,000 years old.

Perak Man’s skeleton.
(The Malaysian Journal of Medical Science)

It’s suggested that Perak Man was of “Australo-Melanesoid” ancestry with dark-colour skin and eyes, and was about 40 to 45-years old at his time of death.

It’s highly believed that he may have been someone important, considering how he was buried inside a cave on top of a mountain with other artefacts – like a shaman or a wise person with great knowledge of the age passed – living a nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle and had people taking care of him.

Experts had also determined that Perak Man was born with a physical handicap when they found that his head was slightly smaller in size than average.

Ancient cave drawings found across the country revealed that people during paleolithic Malaysia used caves as temporary camps and had lives not too different from ours where they hunted and collected food, catched fish and even did their own gardening.

Cave paintings in Gua Niah, Sarawak.
(The Star)

Read more about the history and life of Perak Man in the latest issue of the Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, HERE.

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