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Mon Mar 11, 2019, 06:07 PM

'A big jump': People might have lived in Australia twice as long as we thought

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/postcolonial-blog/2019/mar/11/a-big-jump-people-might-have-lived-in-australia-twice-as-long-as-we-thought


Extensive archaeological research in southern Victoria has again raised the prospect that people have lived in Australia for 120,000 years twice as long as the broadly accepted period of human continental habitation.

The research, with its contentious potential implications for Indigenous habitation of the continent that came to be Australia, has been presented to the Royal Society of Victoria by a group of academics including Jim Bowler, the eminent 88-year-old geologist who in 1969 and 1974 discovered the bones of Mungo Lady and Mungo Man, the oldest human remains found in Australia.

Mungo Man, his remains discovered in a dry water bed in the Willandra Lakes district of New South Wales, lived some 42,000 years ago. He was a modern human or homo sapien, Indigenous to Australia, who was buried with sophisticated funerary rites including the use of fire and ochre.


Earlier contentious scientific research that pointed to human habitation in Australia up to 120,000 years ago including in the Kimberley has been largely dismissed.

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Leith Mar 2019 #1
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Mon Mar 11, 2019, 08:01 PM

1. I saw a documentary about the human genome project

And it said that Australia was second only to Africa in length of time of human habitation. I think they said it was only 40,000 years, though. It looks like more information and evidence has been found since the documentary was made.

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Tue Mar 12, 2019, 07:54 AM

2. Thank you

I have a few other interesting articles in my journal on the subject.

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