Human arrival in Australia pushed back by 18 thousand years

Human arrival in Australia pushed back by 18 thousand years

A new analysis of ancient tools by a team of archaeologists from the University of Queensland has suggested that humans left Africa and arrived in Australia far earlier than previously thought.

It has long been thought that modern humans or Homo sapiens existed on the African continent as far back as 200,000 years ago; and early humans arrived in Australia arrived nearly 47,000 years ago.

But, the new analysis suggested that early humans arrived in Australia roughly 65,000 years ago, which makes Aboriginal Australian societies nearly 18,000 years older than formerly thought.

The archaeologists came to their conclusion by excavating a rock shelter in the region of Majedbebe, which is situated in northern Australia. The excavation was conducted in 2012 and 2015.

The excavation brought a number of artifacts, including stone tools and hatchets, to light. Similar hatches didn’t come into view in any other culture for another 20,000 years.

Study author Chris Clarkson said, “The axes were perfectly preserved, tucked up against the back wall of the shelter as we dug further and further.”

The team reported the new discovery in the most recent edition of the journal Nature.