Human skeletons and archaeological remains in Australia can be traced back nearly 50, years before the trail disappears. Before then, apparently, Australia was free of humans. So how did people get there, and when? Where did humans first arrive on the continent, and how did they spread across the entire landmass? A genetic study of Aboriginal Australians , published on Wednesday, offers an interesting — and, in some respects, unexpected — view of their remarkable story. All living Aboriginal Australians descend from a single founding population that arrived about 50, years ago, the study shows.
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New research in the journal Science presents a number of firsts for Aboriginal Australians. The first genome analysis of an Aborigine reveals that these early Australians took part in the first human migration out of Africa. They were the first to arrive in Asia some 70, years ago, roaming the area at least 24, years before the ancestors of present-day Europeans and Asians. They were also the first to live in Australia, according to DNA results of a year-old hair sample of a young man that link Aborigines to the first inhabitants of this part of the world about 50, years ago. This study, however, is not the first to contradict the popular theory that modern humans came from a single out-of-Africa migration wave into Europe, Asia, and Australia.
History of Indigenous Australians
Australian Aboriginal peoples , one of the two distinct groups of Indigenous peoples of Australia , the other being the Torres Strait Islander peoples. It has long been conventionally held that Australia is the only continent where the entire Indigenous population maintained a single kind of adaptation— hunting and gathering —into modern times. Some scholars now argue, however, that there is evidence of the early practice of both agriculture and aquaculture by Aboriginal peoples.
At the heart of the worldwide indigenous movement is a serious and complex problem of labeling. These definitions and overarching theories include:. The implication is that learning from Indigenous Peoples is essential for the future survival of humanity.