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A rare find in ancient Timorese mud may rewrite the history of human settlement in Australasia

By Mike W. Morley, Associate Professor and Director, Flinders Microarchaeology Laboratory, Flinders University
Ceri Shipton, Lecturer in Palaeolithic Archaeology, UCL
Kasih Norman, Research Fellow, Griffith University
Shimona Kealy, Postdoctoral Researcher, College of Asia & the Pacific, Australian National University
Sue O'Connor, Distinguished Professor, School of Culture, History & Language, Australian National University
Humans arrived in Australia at least 65,000 years ago, according to archaeological evidence. These pioneers were part of an early wave of people travelling eastwards from Africa, through Eurasia, and ultimately into Australia and New Guinea.

But this was only one of many waves of migration in the story of the human colonisation of the globe. These waves were probably driven by climate change and the ability of groups to adapt to a wide…The Conversation

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