In this week’s Dreamland, Whitley speaks first to Eric Saethre, an anthropologist who discovered while living in a remote Aboriginal community that they often saw UFOs. While they weren’t afraid of them, they would warn non-native people that they could get abducted and if that happened, that they would never
Adding to the list of animals that make use of tools, it turns out that Australian raptors deliberately set fires to flush out prey, picking up burning sticks from an existing fire and dropping them onto dry grass to start a new conflagration. Although this is news to modern science, stories of this behavior are interwoven into Aboriginal culture, from knowledge that spans back through the millennia.
Scientists have traditionally discounted oral traditions, such as stories of floods and other catastrophes, but now a new study has shown that they should be given much more respect. It shows that Australian Aboriginal oral traditions accurately depict not only the rise of global sea levels, but also their timing, from between 7,000 to 13,000 years ago.