Skip to comments.White man's skull has Australians scratching heads
Posted on 07/03/2013 9:24:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
The centuries-old skull of a white man found in Australia is raising questions about whether Captain James Cook really was the first European to land on the country's east coast.
The skull was found in northern New South Wales in late 2011, and police initially prepared themselves for a gruesome murder investigation.
But scientific testing revealed that not only was it much older than expected, but possibly belonged to a white man born around 1650, well before Englishman Cook reached the eastern seaboard on the Endeavour in 1770.
"The DNA determined the skull was a male," Detective Sergeant John Williamson told The Daily Telegraph.
"And the anthropologist report states the skull is that of a Caucasoid aged anywhere from 28 to 65."
"Before we rewrite the history of European settlement we have to consider a number of issues, particularly the circumstances of the discovery," archaeologist Adam Ford told the Telegraph.
"The fact the skull is in good condition and found alone could easily point to it coming from a private collection and skulls were very popular with collectors in the 19th century."
Cassie Mercer, editor of Australia And New Zealand Inside History, said the skull "could be an incredible find".
"I guess it's a very exciting find because it could open up a whole lot of avenues of history that we haven't been able to explore before," she told AFP.
Dutch explorers made the earliest European landings in Cape York in Australia's far north and western Australia in the 1600s.
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Shades of Kennewick man.....
Could it be...the missing link???
Read “1421; The Year China Discovered America.” Learn about colonies established by the Chinese on Australia, and on North, Central and South America. It is not deniable. And the people left behind were not all Chinese, racially speaking.
It doesn’t have a brain in the skull so they have narrowed it down to a democrat.
Before Australia was officially found, Spanish and later Dutch explorers had been stumbling around the area, somehow just missing the continent. Perhaps this was a guy who was shipwrecked?
It seems undeniable. Besides, there was motive. A pretty strong force. Gems, Gold, Medicines, Weapons, just don't grow on trees. They had to search the world over. So they did.
I believe it was the early Vikings that explored through what was to become Russia. Trade routes are the keys to most exploration. Most of them follow rivers. Others cross oceans.
I wonder how they tell that ?
they studied “Creepy Ass Cracker 101”
Agree on 1421, awesome book!
Well..no. Kennewick man wasn’t Caucasion. His morphology didn’t fit any modern population. This guy is definately Caucasion. This story is concluding that the guy was European but it doesn’t say exactly why. He could have been from Asia as well but he was definately not native Australian.
“I really do believe that people in those days and even in ancient times have gotten around a lot more than we realize.”
I agree. I also believe that there was a lot that went on in this world in the past that we don’t yet know. I think we think we know a whole lot more than we really do.
AINU Of Japan.
Ainu and Polynesians are given as the closest affinity for Kennewick but the differences were enough not to place him in those groups.
“Using the principal component scores to generate inter-individual distances (Van Vark and Schaafsma 1991), the Kennewick individual is closest to south Pacific (Moriori, Easter Island) and the Ainu of Japan. The typicality probabilities for the PC reduced data, which are the least conservative estimates of group membership, all indicate that the Kennewick cranium is not morphologically similar to any modern human population (Table 7)” http://www.cr.nps.gov/archeology/kennewick/powell_rose.htm
“1421” is a free-form fantasy.
Looks like someone threw another shipwreck victim on the bar-b.
Definitely British teeth.