[ASC-list] COSMOS EXCLUSIVE: Did Australian Aborigines reach America first?

Julian Cribb jcribb at work.netspeed.com.au
Fri Oct 1 10:24:41 UTC 2010


Are they asking us to believe that bark canoes could cross the Pacific?
(Anyone who has read the early accounts of the whalers or about what it took
the Polynesians, would know this is not on.)

 

Having a strong physical similarity to someone does not mean you are
descended from them. Half the Wallabies forward pack have a strong physical
similarity to Homo soloensis, but this doesn't prove that Java was settled
by rugby players. The cultural ambience argues otherwise...

 

Certainly the Australian Aboriginal people were the world's first
transmarine navigators.  They had to be to get from the Indonesian
archipelago to PNG/Aust. But this involved a journey of no more than 70 kms
at the (then) sea level minimum, around 120k bp. Not 7,000-20,000 kms

 

I am fully signed on to the concept that ancient humans did more than we
give them credit for, but a 7000 km sea voyage (by the shortest possible
route) is a step too far. Physionomy as a basis for tracing human descent
was discredited over a century ago, but here we go again.

 

Still, I suppose it is still good for a cheap headline. 

 

 

Julian Cribb FTSE

Julian Cribb & Associates

ph +61 (0)2 6242 8770 or 0418 639 245

http://www.sciencealert.com.au/jca.html

www.scinews.com.au

 

From: asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au
[mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au] On Behalf Of Chris Forbes-Ewan
Sent: Friday, 1 October 2010 7:51 PM
To: asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au
Subject: [ASC-list] COSMOS EXCLUSIVE: Did Australian Aborigines reach
America first?

 

The idea that Australian Aborigines may have been the first humans in the
Americas may be "startling" but it isn't "new".

 

The attachment to this message is an article from Scientific American that
was published in 2005 on the same subject.

 

Chris Forbes-Ewan

19 Hedley St

Scottsdale  Tas  7260

 

 

 

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[mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au] On Behalf Of Wilson da Silva
Sent: Friday, 1 October 2010 9:32 AM
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America first?

 



http://www.vision6.com.au/download/files/08123/939809/Cosmos_wURL.jpg






 <http://www.vision6.com.au/ch/8123/2ddsb3q/1325278/1409a139m4.html>
ImageFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 1 OCTOBER 2010

EXCLUSIVE: Did Australian Aborigines reach America first?

Startling new archaeological finds are set to rewrite the record books,
suggesting that the Americas were settled more than 11,000 years ago by the
first Australians.

A detailed investigation in the October issue of COSMOS, Australia's #1
science magazine, details the astonishing discovery of scores of ancient
human remains in Brazil, Chile and Florida - some more than 11,000 years old
- with cranial features distinctive of Australian Aborigines.

The oldest of the skeletal remains, dubbed Luzia, are of a young woman who
died in her twenties and was ceremonially buried in a cave complex in
Central Brazil. She was among a large collection of material first uncovered
in 1975 by a Brazilian-French archaeological team, who disbanded in acrimony
after the sudden death of its leader. 

The remains were not examined until he late 1990s by a group led by Walter
Neves of the University of Sao Paulo, who was surprised to discover that
Luzia's skull looked sharply different from the Mongoloid cranial morphology
distinctive of people of East and North Asian origin and of Native
Americans.

A reconstruction of her face by British forensic experts, based on her skull
and its distinctive characteristics, shows Luzia had a cranial
morphologyalmost identical to Australian Aborigines.

COSMOS Deputy Editor Jacqui Hayes, who travelled to Brazil to research the
nine-page cover story, recalls seeing the evidence with her own eyes. 

"When I was in the lab, I was amazed to walk around the reconstruction of
Luzia's skull, which clearly looked Aboriginal, and yet realise this was
found a world away and was so very ancient," she said. "Clearly, ancient
humans did a lot more than we give the credit for."

For more information, to read a copy of the story or images, contact Kylie
or Becky on 0416 196 942 or 02 9310 8508.

A video of Luzia's skull reconstruciton can be found at 
http://www.youtube.com/v/Xbkp2JP2_ck

Please credit COSMOS magazine as the source of your story

 

 

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