Asselar Man is a neolithic skeleton discovered by Theodore Monod and Wladimir Besnard (in various sources incorrectly named M.M. Besnard or M.V. Besnard) in 1927, in the Adrar des Ifoghas, near Essouk in what is now Mali's Kidal Region. Wickliffe Draper funded the expedition.
Some scholars believe Asselar man to be one of the earliest known skeletons of a Negroid type African human, older examples being those found near Khartoum, dated between 8000 and 5000 BC, and at Iwo, Ileru, Nigeria to 11000 BC. Others claim it is more closely related to Cro-Magnon or bushmen[dead link]. Most place its age around 4500BC., no older than the Holocene.
- This article began as a translation of the corresponding article in the French Wikipedia, accessed 17 December 2005.