This is a very sad loss and a big one for the palaeoanthropological community.
Dr Thorne is best known for his research on the Mungo Lake skeletons found in western New South Wales, and his theories on the regional development of early humans.
The research on 'Mungo man' dated the skeleton to 40,000 years ago.
ANU research colleague Colin Groves says the death of Alan Thorne is a big loss for Australian archaeology.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Alan Thorne Has Died
Alan Thorne, one of the principle architects of the multiregional evolution model of modern human origins has died. ABC News reports: