The spread of people to Australia

Oct 2016
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Ashland
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Consistent with the universally accepted theory that all humans have African origin, it seems humans somehow crossed the Wallace Line 40,000 years or more ago. They must have been at that time more technologically advanced than other humans. There is no evidence that other humans built efficient water craft that could cross the 50 km wide straight (at minimum sea level) for at least 25,000 years later.
The original framing of the 'out of Africa' hypothesis is not quite a universally accepted theory. That a movement of Homo species from Afric into Asia, Europe , Oceana, etc occurred seems very likely; it also seems possible that subsequent interbreeding with other Homo sp. occurred beyond Africa, possibly even speciation into H. Sap.
I'm open minded on the subject and have no ax to grind. Without including Mobio and Population Genetics (along with Linguistics, dirt Archaeology and actual History) any comprehensive discussion would lose its way fairly quickly.
All the islands around Australia were settled by Melanesians, not Polynesians. Polynesian island settlement started north-east of Australia and gradually came south till the final settlement was NZ.
Thanks for this input. The SW spread of the Austronesians was what drew my attention to their apparent bypassing of Oz.

***@specul8: That the ancient North Coast is now largely submerged might work in favor of Underwater Archaeology turning up some info. It's a long shot, but what ain't that far back.
 
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specul8

Ad Honorem
Oct 2016
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Australia
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***@specul8: That the ancient North Coast is now largely submerged might work in favor of Underwater Archaeology turning up some info. It's a long shot, but what ain't that far back.
Possibly. But also there where some post ocean rise islands in the area ( eg High Cliffy Is - one of the few places Aboriginals built houses ) that had Aboriginal cultures still utalizing them during white settlement. Some archeology has been done there . They show work sites, industries , division of labor ;

Yawijibaya - Wikipedia


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Yawijibaya stone house on High Cliffy Island

There is a bit of mystery associated with this though ;

" Off the north-west coast of Western Australia is the High Cliffy Islands, home to the Yawijibaya people. Archaeological evidence suggests they have occupied these islands for 7000 years. Anthropologists described them as giants up to 7 ft tall and of superior physical makeup.

Soon after this footage was captured in 1929 the entire tribe consisting of some 300 individuals disappeared. Without a trace. "

( 'mangrove raft ' @ 4:00 )

 
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