An incredible journey: the first people to arrive in Australia came in large numbers, and on purpose

Bradshaw, Corey J.A., Weyrich, Laura S., Bird, Michael, and Ulm, Sean (2019) An incredible journey: the first people to arrive in Australia came in large numbers, and on purpose. The Conversation.

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Abstract

The size of the first population of people needed to arrive, survive, and thrive in what is now Australia is revealed in two studies published today.

It took more than 1,000 people to form a viable population. But this was no accidental migration, as our work shows the first arrivals must have been planned.

Our data suggest the ancestors of the Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and Melanesian peoples first made it to Australia as part of an organised, technologically advanced migration to start a new life.

Item ID: 58686
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
Keywords: archaeology; peopling; colonisation; colonization; Sahul; complexity; Aboriginal demography
Copyright Information: Creative Commons license 4.0 Attribution, No derivatives. We believe in the free flow of information. We use a Creative Commons Attribution No Derivatives license, so you can republish our articles for free, online or in print.
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CE170100015), ARC Laureate Fellowship (FL140100044), ARC Future Fellowship (FT180100407), ARC Future Fellowship (FT120100656)
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2019 03:32
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology @ 50%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210102 Archaeological Science @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%
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