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  • Aboriginal Settlement In Australia ‘No Accident’: Study

    05/30/2018 7:17:04 AM PDT · by blam · 24 replies
    The New Daily ^ | 5-29-2018
    Aboriginal settlement in Australia was no accident but the result of large-scale migration by skilled maritime explorers, research shows. Experts have made the finding using wind and ocean current modelling, similar to that deployed in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The process was designed to simulate likely routes between the islands of Timor and Roti and more than 100 now-submerged islands off the Kimberley coast. “There’s always been a lot of speculation about how Aboriginal people made it to Australia and a lot of people have argued that people might have made it here by accident,” study...
  • Aboriginal hair shows 50,000 year connection to Australia

    03/08/2017 8:35:31 PM PST · by JimSEA · 15 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 3/8/2014 | Ray Tobler et al
    Modern Aboriginal Australians are the descendants of a single founding population that arrived in Australia 50,000 years ago, while Australia was still connected to New Guinea. Populations then spread rapidly -- within 1500-2000 years -- around the east and west coasts of Australia, meeting somewhere in South Australia. DNA in hair samples collected from Aboriginal people across Australia in the early to mid-1900s has revealed that populations have been continuously present in the same regions for up to 50,000 years -- soon after the peopling of Australia. Published in the journal Nature, the findings reinforce Aboriginal communities' strong connection to...
  • Indigenous Australians most ancient civilisation on Earth, extensive DNA study confirms

    09/21/2016 9:26:38 PM PDT · by Theoria · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 22 September 2016 | Chiara Palazzo
    The first extensive study of Indigenous Australians' DNA dates their origin to more than 50,000 years ago, backing the claim that they are the most ancient continuous civilisation on Earth. Scientists used the genetic traces of the mysterious early humans that are left in the DNA of modern populations in Papua New Guinea and Australia to recontruct their journey from Africa around 72,000 years ago.Experts disagree on whether present-day non-African people are descended from explorers who left Africa in a single exodus or a series of distinct waves of travelling migrants.The new study supports the single migration hypothesis. It indicates that Australian...
  • Research findings back up Aboriginal legend on origin of Central Australian palm trees

    04/06/2015 10:26:08 AM PDT · by Theoria · 13 replies
    ABC ^ | 03 April 2015 | ABC
    The scientific world is stunned by research which backs an Aboriginal legend about how palm trees got to Central Australia. Several years ago Tasmanian ecologist David Bowman did DNA tests on palm seeds from the outback and near Darwin. The results led him to conclude the seeds were carried to the Central Desert by humans up to 30,000 years ago. Professor Bowman read an Aboriginal legend recorded in 1894 by pioneering German anthropologist and missionary Carl Strehlow, which was only recently translated, describing the "gods from the north" bringing the seeds to Palm Valley. Professor Bowman said he was amazed....
  • Remains may be ancient[Australia]

    05/17/2012 11:44:04 PM PDT · by Theoria · 16 replies
    The Area News ^ | 16 May 2012 | Emily Tinker
    ARCHAEOLOGISTS are on the cusp of unravelling the mystery behind a set of “hugely significant” ancient Aboriginal remains discovered in the region last year. Former local man Robert Harris Jnr found the remains near an old water course late last February while working on a property outside Lake Cargelligo. The remains – confirmed to be tens of thousands of years old –have been hailed as the greatest discovery in more than half a century. “They’re more significant than first thought,” local Aboriginal site recorder and brother of Robert, Max Harris said. “They are as old, or even older than Mungo...
  • Aboriginal Stonehenge: Stargazing in ancient Australia

    10/07/2011 4:12:22 PM PDT · by FritzG · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 05 Oct 2011 | Stephanie Hegarty
    An egg-shaped ring of standing stones in Australia could prove to be older than Britain's Stonehenge - and it may show that ancient Aboriginal cultures had a deep understanding of the movements of the stars. Fifty metres wide and containing more than 100 basalt boulders, the site of Wurdi Youang in Victoria was noted by European settlers two centuries ago, and charted by archaeologists in 1977, but only now is its purpose being rediscovered. It is thought the site was built by the Wadda Wurrung people - the traditional inhabitants of the area. All understanding of the rocks' significance...
  • Australian Aborigines 'world's first astronomers'

    09/18/2010 1:58:35 PM PDT · by Fred Nerks · 18 replies · 2+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Fri Sep 17, 5:39 am ET | U/A
    SYDNEY (AFP) – An Australian study has uncovered signs that the country's ancient Aborigines may have been the world's first stargazers, pre-dating Stonehenge and Egypt's pyramids by thousands of years. Professor Ray Norris said widespread and detailed knowledge of the stars had been passed down through the generations by Aborigines, whose history dates back tens of millennia, in traditional songs and stories. "We know there's lots of stories about the sky: songs, legends, myths," said Norris, an astronomer for Australia's science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization (CSIRO). "We wondered how much further does it go than that. It...
  • Megafauna cave painting could be 40,000 years old

    05/31/2010 1:31:34 AM PDT · by Palter · 24 replies · 717+ views
    ABC ^ | 31 May 2010 | Emma Masters
    Scientists say an Aboriginal rock art depiction of an extinct giant bird could be Australia's oldest painting. The red ochre painting, which depicts two emu-like birds with their necks outstretched, could date back to the earliest days of settlement on the continent. It was rediscovered at the centre of the Arnhem Land plateau about two years ago, but archaeologists first visited the site a fortnight ago. A palaeontologist has confirmed the animals depicted are the megafauna species Genyornis. Archaeologist Ben Gunn said the giant birds became extinct more than 40,000 years ago. "The details on this painting indicate that it...
  • DNA confirms coastal trek to Australia

    07/29/2009 8:11:52 AM PDT · by BGHater · 4 replies · 727+ views
    ABC ^ | 24 July 2009 | Nicky Phillips
    DNA evidence linking Indian tribes to Australian Aboriginal people supports the theory humans arrived in Australia from Africa via a southern coastal route through India, say researchers.The research, lead by Dr Raghavendra Rao from the Anthropological Survey of India, is published in the current edition of BMC Evolutionary Biology.One theory is that modern humans arrived in Australia via an inland route through central Asia but Rao says most scientists believe modern humans arrived via the coast of South Asia.But he says there has never been any evidence to confirm a stop-off in India until now.Rao and colleagues sequenced the mitochondrial...
  • Beringia: Humans Were Here

    05/19/2008 8:17:51 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 155+ views
    The Gazette ^ | 5-17-2008 | fantastic creatures and intrepid people.
    Beringia: humans were hereIt was an extraordinary ancient land filled with fantastic creatures and intrepid people. ALEX ROSLIN, Special to The Gazette Published: Saturday, May 17 Beringia is thought by a handful of renegade scientists to be a prehistoric homeland for aboriginal people who later spread across the Americas and the key to one of archeology's greatest Holy Grails - figuring out how humans first got to this continent. This July, Jacques Cinq-Mars, a renowned archeologist living in Longueuil, is heading to Beringia - a vast territory that once spanned the Yukon, Alaska and Siberia - in hopes of resolving...
  • Iceman's DNA Linked To Coastal Aboriginals (Canada)

    04/26/2008 7:01:25 PM PDT · by blam · 18 replies · 879+ views
    Leader - Post ^ | 4-26-2008 | Judith Lavoie
    Iceman's DNA linked to coastal aboriginals Judith Lavoie, Canwest News Service; Victoria Times Colonist Published: Saturday, April 26, 2008 VICTORIA -- Sisters Sheila Clark and Pearl Callaghan held hands and blinked back tears Friday as they talked about their ancestor Kwaday Dan Ts'inchi, better known as Long Ago Person Found, a young aboriginal man whose frozen body was discovered nine years ago at the foot of a melting glacier in Northern B.C. Three hunters found the body in 1999 in Tatshenshini-Alsek Park, part of the traditional territory of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations. And earlier this month, 17 aboriginal...
  • Camel Hunting, The New Aboriginal Pastime

    02/10/2008 6:55:56 PM PST · by blam · 26 replies · 86+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-10-2008 | Nick Squires
    Camel hunting, the new Aboriginal pastime By Nick Squires in Sydney Last Updated: 7:05pm GMT 10/02/2008 Aborigines in Australia's arid desert interior have hit on an innovative way of tackling the boredom and substance abuse which have ravaged so many of their communities - hunting camels. Camel hunting is the innovative new way of tackling the boredom and substance abuse which have ravaged Aboriginal communities Where their forbears pursued traditional prey such as kangaroos and monitor lizards, the younger generation is heading into the scrub to shoot plentiful one-humped dromedaries. The camels were introduced in the 19th century from India...
  • Wollemi Find An Aboriginal Seat Of The Gods

    04/20/2007 11:02:59 AM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 655+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | 4-21-1007 | James Woodford
    Wollemi find an Aboriginal seat of the gods James Woodford April 21, 2007 A ROCK platform in the heart of the Wollemi wilderness may be the closest thing Australia has to Mount Olympus, the seat of the gods in Greek mythology. Last spring archaeologists discovered an enormous slab of sandstone, 100 metres long and 50 metres wide, in the 500,000-hectare Wollemi National Park. It was covered in ancient art. The gallery depicted an unprecedented collection of powerful ancestral beings from Aboriginal mythology. Last week the archaeologists who found the platform, Dr Matthew Kelleher and Michael Jackson, returned with a rock...
  • More blacks converting to Islam since Sept. 11

    03/25/2007 5:18:59 AM PDT · by Flavius · 68 replies · 2,425+ views
    contracostatimes ^ | Mar. 24, 2007 | Ramit Plushnick-Masti
    Pittsburgh among cities to see increase after terror attacks as religious leaders try to paint positive image By Ramit Plushnick-Masti ASSOCIATED PRESS PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Allahu Akbar, the Muslim call for prayer, rings out on a recent Friday and a group of black men and women gather to celebrate the Islamic day of rest. The wooden house in Pittsburgh's rundown Homewood neighborhood looks like any other on the block. But the sign at the door, Masjid Mumin, and the rows of shoes lined up inside on gray, plastic shelves hint of the brand of Sunni Islam its members practice. The...
  • Aboriginal Language Had Ice Age Origins

    12/13/2006 3:00:25 PM PST · by blam · 21 replies · 508+ views
    ABC Science ^ | 12-13-2006 | Judy Skatssoon
    Aboriginal language had ice age origins Judy Skatssoon ABC Science Online Wednesday, 13 December 2006 A researcher has suggested that the origin of Aboriginal language can be traced back to a time when Australia and New Guinea were one (Image: Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Water) Aboriginal languages may be much older than people think, argues a linguistic anthropologist who says they originated as far back as the end of the last ice age around 13,000 years ago. This challenges existing thinking, which suggests Aboriginal languages developed from a proto-language that spread through Australia 5000 to 6000 years ago....
  • Aboriginal People Built Water Tunnels

    03/15/2006 11:29:36 AM PST · by blam · 46 replies · 979+ views
    ABC Net ^ | 3-15-2006 | Judy Skatssoon
    Aboriginal people built water tunnels Judy Skatssoon ABC Science Online Wednesday, 15 March 2006 The rainbow serpent, a key Aboriginal Dreamtime creation symbol, is closely connected with Indigenous knowledge of groundwater systems (Image: Reuters) Indigenous Australians dug underground water reservoirs that helped them live on one of the world's driest continents for tens of thousands of years, new research shows. The study, which is the first of its kind, indicates Aboriginal people had extensive knowledge of the groundwater system, says hydrogeologist Brad Moggridge, knowledge that is still held today. Some 70% of the continent is covered by desert or semi-arid...
  • School Name Swap, Aboriginal Outrage (Commies In, Confederates Out)

    01/02/2006 2:42:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 26 replies · 1,277+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Jan 2, 2005 | Scott Norvell
    A former school official in San Antonio wants to change the name of an elementary school from one with Confederate connotations to one with socialist ones because the former is racist, reports the San Antonio Express-News.
  • Wollemi Rock Art Shows Aboriginal Dreaming

    12/03/2005 4:04:22 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 443+ views
    ABC Science News ^ | 12-2-2005 | Judy Skatsoon
    Wollemi rock art shows Aboriginal Dreaming Judy Skatssoon ABC Science Online Friday, 2 December 2005 Some of the rock art found in Wollemi National Park is believed to represent paths associated with Dreamtime beings, such as the eagle ancestor (Image: Paul Taçon) Archaeologists surveying rugged bushland outside Sydney have discovered evidence that an ancient Aboriginal Dreaming track runs through wilderness where the Jurassic-era Wollemi Pine was found. Dreaming tracks record the journey of spirit ancestors as they moved through the landscape, transforming ancestral lands and laying down the laws. Around 1000 known tracks are believed to exist, mainly in central...
  • 'Fires wiped out' ancient mammals

    07/08/2005 9:39:15 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 33 replies · 967+ views
    BBC ^ | 7/8/05 | Helen Briggs
    The first humans to arrive in Australia destroyed the pristine landscape, probably by lighting huge fires, the latest research suggests.The evidence, published in Science magazine, comes from ancient eggshells. These show birds changed their diets drastically when humans came on the scene, switching from grass to the type of plants that thrive on scrubland. The study supports others that have blamed humans for mass extinctions across the world 10-50,000 years ago. Many scientists believe the causes are actually more complex and relate to climate changes during that period, but, according to Dr Marilyn Fogel, of the Carnegie Institution in Washington,...
  • Delays could kill Arctic Canada pipeline: report

    05/11/2005 5:14:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 326+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/11/05 | Reuters
    CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Land-access disputes between oil firms and northern Canadian native groups must be solved in six to 12 months or the companies may drop plans for a C$7 billion ($5.6 billion) gas pipeline to focus on U.S. liquefied natural gas projects, a top analyst said Wednesday. Of the two major Arctic gas projects being proposed in North America, the Mackenzie Valley pipeline faces the biggest risk of being canceled due to its high-profile delays, said Tristone Capital analyst Chris Theal, author of a new 50-page report on the prospects for northern frontier gas. Mackenzie partners Exxon Mobil,...