Howard Wiseman (
28 Aug 1996 23:10:41 GMT

In article <> Gautam Majumdar, writes:
>If the modern newcomers (H.s.s) had met an existing population
>(H.s.a, derived from H.erectus locally) in Australia, that would mean
>H.erectus (or H.s.a) was capable of sea-voyage or at least of
>crossing wide and deep water channels. Is there any evidence of
>their technological competence to do so ? Is there any evidence of
>the presence of H.erectus in Australia ?
No, as far as I know the remains in Australia would not be classified
as H.erectus. However, as I said before, they show similarities with
the H.erectus from Indonesia. I suspect that the human pedigree is very
complicated - a mixture of local continuity plus gradual genetic
transfer across the old-world plus large-scale migrations. The mixing
of "H.erectus" and "H.sapiens" (quotes because under this hypothesis
they could not have been separate species from the breeding definition)
may have first taken place in Indonesia rather than Australia, shortly
before 40 000 BP (when people first entered Australia).