Skip to comments.Lock of hair pins down early migration of Aborigines
Posted on 09/22/2011 7:36:33 PM PDT by decimon
A lock of hair has helped scientists to piece together the genome of Australian Aborigines and rewrite the history of human dispersal around the world.
DNA from the hair demonstrates that indigenous Aboriginal Australians were the first to separate from other modern humans, around 70,000 years ago.
This challenges current theories of a single phase of dispersal from Africa.
An international team of researchers published their findings in the journal Science.
While the Aboriginal populations were trailblazing across Asia and into Australia, the remaining humans stayed around North Africa and the Middle East until 24,000 years ago.
Only then did they spread out and colonise Europe and Asia, but the indigenous Aborigines had been established in Australia for 25,000 years.
Comparison with Eurasian populations show that the Australian Aborigines have a similar percentage of Neanderthal genes within their DNA as their Eurasian counterparts, suggesting that any interbreeding occurred before the Aborigines embarked on their colonising journey.
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Hair pin turn ping.
Yes, yes, I see it!
(enquiring minds want to know)
coz the Aussies had a high-tech reusable secret weapon, the BOOMERANG
Haven’t you heard of a hair pin lock?
No, no, you open the lock with the hair pin. I saw that in a movie so it must be true.
They have such a distinct look that it’s easy to believe they were an isolated population.
I just read a book that said Aborigines in Aus. believe they have been there for 40,000 years.
Lake Mungo is a dry lake in south-western New South Wales, Australia. Many important archaeological findings have been made at the lake, most significantly the discovery of the remains of Mungo Man, the oldest human remains found in Australia, and Mungo Lady, the oldest human remains in the world to be ritually cremated.
Painting of life at Lake Mungo by Giovanni Caselli. Note the fish traps, the wide variety of food hunted and collected, and the gunyahs or dwellings.
sounds like a bunch of guys I've worked with.
Did the Aborigines bring the dingo with them when they first got to Australia, or did the dingoes come later?
We just recently had a thread about that and I can't find it.
I think later...not 70,000 years ago.
I’m sorry, but this is like wow kinda resarch. I never thought growing up that we would ever know the origins of man, where we came from, so this is amazing.
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What did I miss? A year or two ago there was this loud voice saying Neanderthals didn’t breed with humans. Now they’re finding Neanderthal DNA in humans?
I don’t remember that thread but I would guess it was later—I don’t think there is evidence for domestication of dogs that early.
Lol, I don’t know when the boomerang was invented, but I think it wasn’t until they got to Australia, otherwise other Negroid Asiatics would use it too, wouldn’t they?
The real secret weapons were probably spear throwers and reed boats.
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