Wallacea is a biogeographical name given to a group of mainly Indonesian islands separated by deep-water straits from the Asian and Australian continental shelves. These islands are located between western Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. The largest in this group of islands is Sulawesi.
In Sulawesi, remains of a woman nicknamed Bessé provided evidence of the existence of the Toaleans – a group of hunter gatherers who lived in the southern Sulawesi forest from around 8,000 to 1,500 years ago. This discovery is significant as the findings of fossilized remains in Wallacea and DNA from them is rare because of heat and humidity of the tropics.


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