The time that was taken into her burial is demonstration of an advanced ritualistic process.She was initially estimated to be 25,000 years old, although a more recent multi-university study in 2003 determined that she was probably closer to 40,000 years old.Mungo Woman, a partially cremated body, was discovered in 1969 by Dr Jim Bowler from the Australian National University (ANU).
Sediments at Lake Mungo have been deposited over more than 120,000 years.
On the eastern side of the Mungo lake bed are the "Walls of China," a series of sand dunes, up to 40m in height, that stretch for more than 33 km, where most archaeological material has been found.
With the arrival of European settlers in the area since the 1880s, introduced species, notably rabbits and sheep, have destroyed the vegetation cover.
Herds of feral goats are also present in the region. However, this erosion has led to the uncovering of many human and animal remains.
The migration is believed to consist of two groups moving into the continent at different periods.