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DNA sequencing of a 100-year-old lock of hair has established Aboriginal Australians have a longer continuous association with the land than any other race of people. Sequencing of a West Australian Aboriginal man's hair shows he was directly descended from a migration out of Africa into Asia that took place about 70,000 years ago.
The finding, published today in the journal Science, rewrites the history of the human species by confirming humans moved out of Africa in waves of migrations rather than in one single out-of-Africa diaspora. The study is based on a lock of hair donated to British anthropologist Alfred Haddon by an Aboriginal man from the Goldfields region of Western Australia in the early 20th century. The genome, shown to have no genetic input from modern European Australians, reveals the ancestors of the Aboriginal man separated from the ancestors of other human populations 64,000 to 75,000 years ago. Aboriginal Australians therefore descend directly from the earliest modern explorers - people who migrated into Asia before finally reaching Australia.
Comparison with Eurasian populations show that the Australian Aborigines have a similar percentage of Neanderthal genes within their DNA as their Eurasian counterparts, suggesting that any interbreeding occurred before the Aborigines embarked on their colonising journey. The findings of these researchers are supported by an independent study, published this week in the American Journal of Human Genetics, which looks at the characteristic DNA from an extinct, archaic form of human, the Denisovans. Denisovans lived over 30,000 years ago, and contributed genes mostly to present-day New Guineans.
SYDNEY — Archaeologists revealed they have found a piece of a stone axe dated as 35,500 years old on sacred Aboriginal land in Australia, the oldest object of its type ever found.
It is a Fact, that the Tasmanian natives, were of a light/fair skin tone, much like a lightly tanned whitey. It is cold in Taz.