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Australia find 'rewrites the history books'

By T.K. Randall
July 20, 2017 · Comment icon 8 comments

The Aborigines have lived in Australia for tens of thousands of years. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Steve Evans
Archaeologists now believe that Australia was colonized 18,000 years earlier than previously thought.
The discovery was made during an excavation at Madjedbebe rock shelter near Australia's Kakadu National Park where researchers unearthed several artefacts dating back 65,000 years.

The items, including stone axes and ochre crayons, are among the oldest ever found.

Previous studies had suggested that the Aborigines, being officially the world's oldest continuous civilization, had arrived in Australia from Asia around 47,000 years ago.
Now however, it appears as though this figure may have to be revised significantly.

"We have managed to establish a new age for first occupation in Australia and pushed it back by about 18,000 years beyond what was the previous established age of about 47,000 years," said Associate Prof Chris Clarkson from the University of Queensland.

"This has huge implications for everything from the out-of-Africa story to the extinction of megafauna and Aboriginal peoples' own knowledge of how long they have been in this country."

Source: BBC News | Comments (8)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by DieChecker 7 years ago
First thought that came to me... How do we know that these new older tools belonged to the Aborigines? Could they not have belonged to an earlier people? Is there indications that link this excavation to other later dated excavations? I'll read the article and see if they say.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Ozfactor 7 years ago
this is an interesting article on the DNA interpretation of Mulga Man, the oldest known Australian human remains. the latest DNA technology on Mulga Man confirms there were no people in Australia before the Aborigines
Comment icon #3 Posted by DieChecker 7 years ago
Or, perhaps, that they died out before he got there?
Comment icon #4 Posted by DieChecker 7 years ago
Didn't say... 
Comment icon #5 Posted by InconceivableThoughts 7 years ago
It's amazing how easily these time frames are pushed around....seems like we can't ever be to sure of the history of this planet. Mark Twain  'What gets us into trouble is not what we don't know. It's what we know for sure that just ain't so.'
Comment icon #6 Posted by Codenwarra 7 years ago
Ho hum, yet another claim of rewriting history books when the actual books were non-committal.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Attila911us 7 years ago
I just read the article that claims to prove that the Aborigines were the first to inhabit the continent of Australia. I found it lacking in actual evidence that this was the case . The DNA evidence seems to be sketchy.  Are there any other articles that shine more light on the subject?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Codenwarra 7 years ago
There are some radiometric dates  (not carbon dates) that indicate this sort of time.  I forget the details but it was announced earlier this year.  

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