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The Mystery of the Aborigines--Where Did They Come From?

When British convicts were sent to Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries, they found that the island nation was already populated, but no one could figure out where these people had come from. The land was so isolated that it seemed impossible that anyone could have traveled there in unsophisticated boats.

Now a lock of hair that was collected by a British anthropologist 100 years ago may hold the key to where the aborigines originally came from, as it's tested for its DNA. DNA from the hair reveals that these ancient ancestors arrived in Australia around 50,000 years ago, and they somehow managed to keep the whole continent to themselves until the British convicts arrived many years later.

Despite the Aborigines' isolation, there's evidence that a some kind of major cultural exchange occurred around 6,000 years ago: Their stone tools become more sophisticated, and the population increased. The Aborigines did not farm or raise livestock, they did domesticate a wild dog, called the dingo. Researchers have traced the spread of the dingo across the Polynesian islands by analyzing the DNA in their bones, but they have not found any trace of Polynesian genes in the Aborigines.

But somehow, the dingo arrived, and it may have been what made the difference: Since most of Australia is a barren wasteland, having a dog to lead them to wild game may have been what insured their survival.

In the September 23rd edition of the New York Times, Nicholas Wade quotes researcher Peter Savolainen as saying that how the dingo arrived in Australia is an "enigma," because no other elements of Polynesian culture have been found there.

Wade quotes paleoanthropologist Richard Klein as saying, "Something remarkable happened in Australia 6,000 to 4,000 years ago, and it involved much more than the dingo." The earliest Aborigine migration must have come from an ancestral homeland somewhere in northeast Africa, meaning they are direct descendants of the first modern humans to leave that continent, without any genetic mixture from other races.

Despite their primitive tools, the earliest Australians must have had advanced boat-building technology in order to cross the ocean to that continent, but there is no archeologist has found any evidence of boats. Their dark skin denotes their African origin, in latitudes near the equator, unlike lighter-skinned Europeans and Asian, whose ancestors evolved the pale skin needed for living in latitudes with less direct sunlight. As such, they are a DIRECT link to the ancient history of evolution! Wade quotes researcher Eske Willerslev, who analyzed the hair, as saying, "Aboriginal Australians likely have one of the oldest continuous population histories outside sub-Saharan Africa today."

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There is evidence, overlooked by experts, that indicates Australia had been visited by other cultures prior to colonization by the British and the establishment of penal colonies there.

Ancient Egyptians may have visited and left evidence:

http://www.mysteriousaustralia.com/egyptians_australia_mainpage.html

http://www.crystalinks.com/egyptaustralia.html

There is also evidence in New Zealand that another ancient people, the Celts, may have settled there prior to the Maori.

http://www.kilts.co.nz/mitancient_2.htm

I've had my own experiences during meditation about Australia that indicates more, which I will not go into right now, because it is personal and no 'proof' of anything. Suffice to say that experts tend to ignore anything that does not fit into their own little paradigm. But Unknown Country people already know that...:-)

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