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White man's skull has Australians scratching heads
Phys.org ^ | Monday, July 01, 2013 | unattributed

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."

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"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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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: australia; godsgravesglyphs
A centuries-old skull found in northern New South Wales in late 2011, in Canberra

A centuries-old skull found in northern New South Wales in late 2011, in Canberra

1 posted on 07/03/2013 9:24:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 07/03/2013 9:25:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Just sayin'.

3 posted on 07/03/2013 9:29:18 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SunkenCiv

Shades of Kennewick man.....


4 posted on 07/03/2013 9:30:00 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Um, okay.


5 posted on 07/03/2013 9:32:56 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Could it be...the missing link???


6 posted on 07/03/2013 9:36:31 PM PDT by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: SunkenCiv

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.


7 posted on 07/03/2013 9:45:52 PM PDT by Elsiejay
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To: DennisR

It doesn’t have a brain in the skull so they have narrowed it down to a democrat.


8 posted on 07/03/2013 9:50:43 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: SunkenCiv; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

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?


9 posted on 07/03/2013 9:50:57 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk ("Obama" The Movie. Introducing Reggie Love as "Monica." .)
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To: Elsiejay
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.

I really do believe that people in those days and even in ancient times have gotten around a lot more than we realize.
10 posted on 07/03/2013 10:10:11 PM PDT by Nowhere Man ("We have met the enemy, he is us!" - Pogo Possum - 1971)
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To: Nowhere Man
I really do believe that people in those days and even in ancient times have gotten around a lot more than we realize.

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.

11 posted on 07/03/2013 10:29:30 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: SunkenCiv
"And the anthropologist report states the skull is that of a Caucasoid aged anywhere from 28 to 65."

I wonder how they tell that ?

12 posted on 07/03/2013 10:31:06 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: UCANSEE2

they studied “Creepy Ass Cracker 101”


13 posted on 07/03/2013 10:36:19 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Elsiejay

Agree on 1421, awesome book!


14 posted on 07/03/2013 10:48:31 PM PDT by 100American (Knowledge is knowing how, Wisdom is knowing when)
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To: SunkenCiv
Being a born and bred New South Welshman I have to point out ‘Where's the rest of the skeleton that at some point was attached to the head in question ?’. A bone of contention. Northern NSW has a sizeable population of new age religionists. Maybe a skull used in some drug crazed ritual. Alas poor Yorrick.... Ok mate.
15 posted on 07/04/2013 1:51:24 AM PDT by Long Jon No Silver
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To: BenLurkin

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.


16 posted on 07/04/2013 5:38:03 AM PDT by Varda
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“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.


17 posted on 07/04/2013 5:49:05 AM PDT by suthener
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To: Varda
" Well..no. Kennewick man wasn’t Caucasion. His morphology didn’t fit any modern population. "

AINU Of Japan.

Ancient Encounters

The 'Stick Man' Cometh (Kennewick Man's Cousin?)

The Samurai And The Ainu

18 posted on 07/04/2013 5:51:23 AM PDT by blam
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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


19 posted on 07/04/2013 6:05:10 AM PDT by Varda
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To: SunkenCiv

Crikey!


20 posted on 07/04/2013 6:23:31 AM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: Elsiejay

“1421” is a free-form fantasy.


21 posted on 07/04/2013 7:02:04 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: al_c

Looks like someone threw another shipwreck victim on the bar-b.


22 posted on 07/04/2013 7:08:42 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Definitely British teeth.


23 posted on 07/04/2013 8:39:03 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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