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

Wilson da Silva wfdasilva at gmail.com
Thu Sep 30 23:32:07 UTC 2010

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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

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

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