Migrants from India Settled in Australia 4,000 Years Before Captain Cook’s Arrival

Australia was settled by a wave of immigrants from India a little more than 4,000 years ago, a genetic study shows. The finding overturns the view that the continent was isolated from the time it was first colonised about 45,000-50,000 years ago until Europeans discovered Australia in the eighteenth century. DNA evidence suggests that rather than complete most of the journey over several generations by foot, the Indian migrants came over by boat. Australia’s first human colonisation was the culmination of the long walk out of Africa by the human species. Humans are believed to have left Africa, via...

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