Bessé is the name given to a hunter-gather woman who died more than 7,200 years ago on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Her remains was excavated in 2015 from a limestone cave called Leang Panninge. She was estimated to be 17 to 18 years old during the time of her death.
Through genetic analysis of the remains of Bessé, researchers have found that she might be the first known skeleton from an early foraging culture called Toaleans. The skeleton remains revealed that Toaleans are closely related to the present day Papuan and Indigenous Australian groups but distinct from all previously known human population.


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