- Oct 2016
Probably not, more likely they came into NZ from the other direction that does not pass by Australia . Legend has it that sailed over the ocean and eventually saw a 'long white cloud' and eventually associated with that cloud NZ. There is no mention of other land .I Posted on another Thread about the seeming incongruity of Austronesian (Polynesian, Maori, whatever...) settlement of New Zealand without any attempt to colonize Oz. Did they just sail (or drift) past it?
It isnt thought so. Aboriginals lived here in the LGM , including living in glacial valleys in Tasmania and in a more dried out interior mainland , and of course, along the then exposed coastal extensions .H. erectus definitely spread widely in the Last Glacial Maximum. Did the Aborigines (please call them by whatever current PC tag is most appropriate) evolve from H. erectus in situ?
Settlement estimates keep stretching back 40,000 ... 60,000 .... 80,000, now 120,000 ! But it is just 'suggestive' but it is 'associative' evidence , being the presence of fire, small black stones and scattered shell middens around steep cliffs. We dont know who or what formed it ; " “the validity of the human connotation of ‘fireplace’ remains to be established”. Could have been hominids, but there isnt any other evidence of that here .
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From the Andaman Is ? I dont think so. I never heard of that. One was claimed from India, but since debunked. There appears to have been an influx around the time the dingo came into Australia, but that was from SE Asia , probably . There are some similarities between some Andaman Islanders and some Aboriginals due to long ago shared ancestry .Seems quite unlikely, but I suppose not impossible. We all evolved somewhere from something else.
Was there an influx from the Andaman islands prior to -10,000? Seems as likely as from India.
Why the north coast ? Most of the old coast line is underwater. From times before that we have very early evidence from interior areas or further south eg ' Mungo Man ' .I suppose the North coast of Oz is the place to continue digging. Where has Linguistics (of the aboriginal language )led?
To me, a fascinating Topic.
Linguistics do reveal certain patterns , its all a bit uncertain though
Pama–Nyungan languages - Wikipedia