These traditional materials were applied in several ways: Stencil images are found widely in rock art, usually of hands or arms, animal tracks, boomerangs, spear throwers or other tools such as stone axes.
The surfaces it was used on varied widely from rock, wood and bark to the skin of participants in ceremonies.
In 1999 the remains were examined again and dated using more recent techniques.
Alan Thorne and his colleagues obtained an estimate for the age of the skeleton of 62,000 6000 years. The results have been disputed by a number of archaeologists, and many believe that the limit of modern human occupation of Australia is around 45 000 years.
His father then sprayed his hand with red ochre against the rock - leaving a stencil he could still recognise many years later.
The main function of the stencils was to record people's presence and association with a site or to identify a particular painting.