What continent did the Australian aborigines come from?


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Rooster Cogburn , Rooster Cogburn, answered

This is interesting. From Wiki :

Indigenous Australians are the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Australia, descended from groups that existed in Australia and surrounding islands prior to European colonisation. The earliest definite human remains found in Australia are those of Mungo Man, which have been dated at about 40,000 years old,[2] although the time of arrival of the first Indigenous Australians is a matter of debate among researchers, with estimates dating back as far as 125,000 years.

Plus this.

Migration to Australia - Genographic Project - National Geographic

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Corley  Walsh
Corley Walsh commented
Yes they do luzia belongs to a group of people known as the paleo Americans they are the ones to come down the pacific coast of the Americas from Siberia and they evolved into today's native Americans over time
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Corley Walsh commented
Meant yes bbc does a great job
Virginia Lou
Virginia Lou commented
I am learning good things from your studies Corley, appreciated.
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Virginia Lou answered

Dear Corley and Rooster,

On that website you listed RC, was this proposed migration route for humans out of Africa and dispersing the whole world - especially interesting, I thought!

It speculates that Australian aborigines and Native Americans shared common ancestors, whereas another place Corley found suggests that Australians were direct ancestors for at least some Native Americans.

But, another video Corley found this morning says there is no way aborigines could have come from Australia, across the Pacific, to the New World...

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Well Rooster, I really like the speculation on your link that aborigines could have been in Australia for 125,000 years. It is clear this field of understanding human dispersal is just beginning...and SO fascinating...

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Corley  Walsh
Corley Walsh commented
Meant past dang auto correct on my iPhone
Corley  Walsh
Corley Walsh commented
Well it's better to trust Walter neves especially when it comes to native Americans he's studied them better and eliminated theory's that couldn't be possible according to evidence for one no none could cross the ocean 56 thousand years ago two there was ice over Canada for thousands of years three luzia had been reclassified as Native American so there may have been another ice bridge connecting Asia to the Americas maybe in Brazil but beringia is not where native Americans came from and national geographic has not updated to the correct theory's that make since so I trust Walter neves on this one
Virginia Lou
Virginia Lou commented
Hi Dozy, yes I am soaking in this wonderful information Corley is finding, (and good job Rooster also) but I also know that all science is shaped by current prejudices and so I make my own speculation, too.
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Didge Doo answered

Just a couple of points to add to the excellent information already given.

As far as I know (and this is "knowledge" gleaned over the years rather than absolute fact) the aborigines have been in Australia for at least 40,000 years. I've never heard the 125,000 year claim but couldn't rule it out.

Originating in Africa the aborigines made their way through Asia and across the land bridge to Oz -- a bridge which now remains only in the form of a string of archipelagos, of which Indonesia is the most prominent.

I really don't see the Australian aborigines being the direct forebears of the American tribes -- they are vastly different from each other -- although it's possible that they shared a common ancestor. If the information posted on this site last week is accurate it's more than likely that this was so.

There were two basic groups of aborigines. One group  settled in Tasmania (that's the island across Bass Strait, just south of Australia's east coast) and developed differently to those who settle the mainland where there were many tribes and groups.

The Tasmanian aborigines were wiped out during the first hundred years of European colonisation and Truganini, the last surviving Tasmanian, died in 1876. Our treatment of the aborigines brings no credit to our settlers and, even today, governments (and ordinary people) are struggling to find an equitable balance between the two cultures.

The Torres Strait islanders are another group who also developed differently to both the Australians and the Tasmanians. (Torres Strait lies to Australia's north, between Cape York and Papua-New Guinea.)

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Levi F. answered

The Australian Aborigines are most similar to indigenous peoples in Malaysia, Thailand, and the Andaman Islands, showing a path through southeast Asia before reaching Australia, which of course, being as remote as it is, was one of the last places settled by ancient humans.

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