Re: origin of australian

Rab Wilkie (
Sat, 10 Dec 94 01:58:00 -0500

-=> Quoting Rod Hagen to All <=-

RH> H> RH> Date: Wed, 07 Dec 1994 12:10:29 +1000

RH> You are probably partly remembering the controversy which has raged
RH> over the issue of whether Australia was settled by two distinct groups
RH> of people with markedly different characteristics, or whether it was a
RH> single group with substantial internal variation. There is no doubt
RH> whatsoever that Aborigines are Homo Sapiens Sapiens.

RH> Aborigines arrived in Australia between 120,000 and 50,000 years ago.
RH> (some evidence, particularly changes in pollen counts, changes in the
RH> fire regime etc suggests the earlier date. Actual "hard" site evidence
RH> (artefacts, bones etc) is only available back to the later date.).
RH> There is little doubt that they arrived through New Guinea (which has,
RH> on occasion been connected to Australia during the period concerned)
RH> from south east asia. It is also thought probable that further groups
RH> entered Australia from the north during the following tens of millenia.

What other evidence is there for Homo Sapiens sapiens existing elsewhere in
the world prior to 50,000y BP? In Europe, for example, aren't the dates
something like 30-40,000y, and a bit earlier in the Near East? -- roughly
the same as in South America, perhaps. Does this mean that the Aborigines
of Australia may be evidence for the emergence of HSsapiens in South-east
Asia, and subsequent migrations to the rest of the world from there?
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