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 Who were the first people to live in Australia?

02.07.19.  In the past two decades a succession of experts and primarily non experts have been extending the time that the Australian Aboriginal has been living here. The following article by Bernard Lane in The Weekend Australian offers a mixture of “expert” findings. Not included, however, are findings by Norman Tindale and Joseph Birdsell which you can read extensively here.
University science lecturers have been warned off making the familiar statement in class that “Aboriginal people have been in Australia for 40,000 years” … many ­indigenous Australians see this as “inappropriate”, according to the University of NSW language ­advice for staff. The document suggests it is “more appropriate” to say Aborigines have been here “since the beginning of the Dreaming/s” ­because this “reflects the beliefs of many indigenous Australians that they have always been in Australia, from the beginning of time, and came from the land”.Source: News Corp

How long have Aborigines lived here? Don’t ask, it may upset someone 
Bernard Lane uncovers the latest example of academic dopiness, The Weekend Australian, Saturday:
Guardian Australia, May 19, 2017:
Australia’s earliest known site of human occupation … has been discovered in a remote cave in Western Australia, pushing back the start date of indigenous occupation to more than 50,000 years ago.
Academics Alan Cooper, Alan Williams and Nigel Spooner, The Conversation, August 16 last year:
Many Aboriginal Australians would say with conviction that they have always been here. Their ancestors and traditional learnings tell them of this history, and their precise place within it. Our review of the scientific evidence … suggests … their ancestors arrived shortly after 50,000 years ago — effectively forever, given that modern human populations only moved out of Africa 50,000-55,000 years ago … Recent studies suggest the last voyage, potentially between Timor/Roti and the northern Kimberley coast, would have involved advanced planning skills, four to seven days paddling on a raft, and a total group of more than 100 to 400 people.
Any advance? Hans Villarica, The Atlantic, September 22, 2011:
The first genome analysis of an Aborigine reveals that these early Australians took part in the first human migration out of Africa. They were the first to arrive in Asia some 70,000 years ago, roaming the area at least 24,000 years before the ancestors of present-day Europeans and Asians.
Nicholas St Fleur, The New York Times, July 19, 2017:
The timing of the first arrival of humans in Australia has been studied and debated for decades. Now, researchers have found evidence that suggests the ancestors of Aboriginal Australians landed … at least 65,000 years ago. The finding … pushes back the timing of when people first came to the continent by about 5000 to 18,000 years. It also suggests that humans coexisted with … giant wombats and wallabies long before the megafauna went extinct.
Guardian Australia March 11:
Extensive archaeological research in southern Victoria has again raised the prospect that people have lived in Australia for 120,000 years — twice as long as the broadly accepted period of human continental habitation. The research … has been presented to the Royal Society of Victoria by a group of academics including Jim Bowler, the eminent geologist who in 1969 and 1974 discovered the bones of Mungo Lady and Mungo Man, the oldest human remains found in Australia. Mungo Man … lived some 42,000 years ago.
The Washington Post in a story shared with The Sydney Morning Herald, September 22, 1996:
The team from the Australian Museum and University of Wollongong … found thousands of dot-like indentations engraved on a group of monoliths that … suggest Australia was inhabited by humans up to 176,000 years ago.

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  • Pensioner Pete 02/07/2019, 6:32 am

    The same principles are being applied for the evolving creation of an Aboriginal ‘history’ of living in Australia as are being applied to ‘Global Warming’. Both bring in billions of dollars of funds to the purveyors of these completely invented scams to relieve gullible fools of their money.

  • Thunder 02/07/2019, 7:05 am

    The Neanderthals arrived a couple of days before Cook after being chased out of Indonesia………..who had just moved on slightly from being Neanderthals themselves.
    They are STONE AGE Leftovers that have NEVER left the Stone Age.

    Proven day after day by their Stone Age behaviour……….

    • Penguinite 02/07/2019, 8:59 am

      Or was it the “Stoned” age? Lived implies settled. The Aborigines were and some still are nomadic. Roaming around from one food source to another. It wasn’t until the land bridge, between Cape York and PNG, closed and the Torres Strait peoples (who are of Melanesian decent) began collecting a toll that the Australian seasonal sojourn became permanent. Approximately 30,000 years ago Tasmania was part of the mainland via a LB so it’s not unreasonable to consider that as a time when the nomads decided that it was easier to stay rather than fight their way back to Asia??

      • Finn 02/07/2019, 7:51 pm

        Oh dear the new religious reverend Pastor will not be pleased

  • Maryanne 02/07/2019, 7:58 am

    Surely the academics in the sciences aren’t going to bow down before the university’s PC language police?

    That many indigenous Australians believe “that they have always been in Australia, from the beginning of time, and came from the land” – is irrelevant in any scientific research.

    Birdsell’s scholarship makes far more sense than today’s PC groveling.

  • Albert 02/07/2019, 9:45 am

    There is sufficient evidence to confirm that Aborigines were not the First People by a long shot. There is also sufficient evidence to confirm that there were other people occupying Australia when the Aborigines arrived and killed them off. The big problem is that the academics and the media refuse to admit to the reality of that evidence which they push as far into the background as possible in an attempt to prevent any questioning of their faulty claims and half-arsed research.
    There is also the use of the term ‘indigenous’. The Cambridge Dictionary defines ‘indigenous’ an naturally occurring in a place as opposed to arriving at the place from elsewhere. Aborigines, regardless what they and the PC crowd say, are not indigenous to Australia.
    As for suggesting that it should be recognised that the Aborigines have been here since the ‘dreaming’ is a huge dose of academic PC twaddle.

    • Ex ADF 02/07/2019, 12:22 pm

      Can we carbon date artifacts from the “dreaming” period?

    • Deano 02/07/2019, 12:32 pm

      I believe there is plenty of evidence of a population of pigmies here before the current aboriginals (as we know them) wiped them out. Apparently this was widely known around the late 18th century.

  • Peter W 02/07/2019, 9:47 am

    Was watching some Pascoe bloke on the ABC where the comperes were fawning over him. Apparently Abos were the beginning of what civil society is today, Haaaa, wet myself.
    They were such a civil society they still had 250-300 languages – seriously? How did they communicate with each other.
    I’m so over these fairy tales being produced now as a cover up for their inferior civilization, did zilch for the planet. Invented a throwing stick, end of story.
    Move on and enjoy the fact that you can now fly round the world on welfare money and communicate with billions on the planet.

    • Deano 02/07/2019, 12:28 pm

      I’ve heard quite a bit about Pascoe too. He claims they lived in houses, developed agriculture, invented an automatic fishing machine and had sophisticated knowledge of astronomy. But all this was supposedly destroyed and hushed up by we evil white invaders. And yes, their ABC treat him like Royalty.

      • Graham 02/07/2019, 4:29 pm

        How did they do all that without inventing the wheel?

    • Finn 02/07/2019, 7:54 pm

      And with 40,000 years R&D it shoulda come back ALL the time.

    • Neville 03/07/2019, 1:17 am

      “invented a throwing stick”
      Nah. Boomerang-type throwing and hunting sticks occur quite frequently throughout other places, and quite a long time ago. It’s just that the concept came to be sorta stuck with Australian Aborigines.

  • Bwana Neusi 02/07/2019, 10:42 am

    There is much evidence to suggest more than one wave of migrants. It would surely be possible to establish that the earlier (note – not necessarily the first) wave reached Tasmania via the land bridge, the disappearance of which prevented them from being slaughtered by subsequent waves of migrants.
    Some simple DNA tests would surely expose the scam, which is why the silence is so deafening.

    • Peter W 02/07/2019, 12:20 pm

      DNA tests had bee done and the majority of top endders have links to India.
      But, the question begs to be answered, how did India progress with its civilisation of magnificent structures and the Aborigines stagnated?

      • Penguinite 02/07/2019, 12:34 pm

        Flourish? The same way they do here. Like water, some people flow to the lowest point. It’s also fair to acknowledge than India is also well endowed with a large and growing lower sociology-economic society. India is also riven with a Caste System.

  • John E 02/07/2019, 10:47 am

    When I was doing my HSC, 60 years ago I learnt that there were two species of finches on the Galápagos Islands that could not inter-breed. This was apparently because as the birds spread around the world their biology changed and evolved to the extent that they were two different species. I have always wondered how come, after 50,000 years of separation and evolvement inter-breeding between aborigines and other races has not been affected?

    • Peter W 02/07/2019, 12:22 pm

      Was interbreeding why they had achieved almost zero?

  • Ex ADF 02/07/2019, 12:39 pm

    The unfortunate result of all this PC bullshit is that we cannot regard our Aboriginal people as part and parcel of our Australian makeup. Yes, we have tried by throwing billions of dollars into Aboriginal advancement but it has met with little success. I would prefer that we stop African and Muslim immigration until we have seen positive results from assistance in Aboriginal communitys. I am hurt by the hatred of Aboriginals as evidenced by earlier comments in this thread. Sure, there are so many issues in day to day life for the native people, but hatred from us whites? I have met, lived alongside, and worked with many decent genuine aboriginal people over the years. They are Australian!!!! I have no answers, maybe some ideas, but to hate our fellow Australian black brothers is a rotten outlook.

    • PeterW 02/07/2019, 3:56 pm

      I’m also ex Defence. It’s not hatred. It’s bewilderment from the 10% Abo 90% white that infuriates us. Yes most that I’ve met are top folk but its time they accepted that they now live in enlightened times. They, through colonisation have the world at their feet.
      Name one nation that has never been “invaded”.
      My heritage, Scott, and yes they were invaded also.
      Don’t know the answer but they have it and it cannot be more funds since the billions have done sfa.
      Accept the apology. Move on.

  • Gregoryno6 02/07/2019, 9:22 pm

    “It also suggests that humans coexisted with … giant wombats and wallabies long before the megafauna went extinct.”

    If the new arrivals scoffed the megafauna to extinction, why, they’d be as reprehensible as white European males!

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