Australian Western Desert Occupied by Aboriginals 43,000 Years Ago

Aboriginals lived in the western desert of Australia 43,000 years ago. A dig in a rock shelter has brought to light a hafted multifunctional tool that pushed its use back 15,000 years. Aborigines advanced technologically as well as culturally. Rock Painting developed recently but use of tech goes back probably 50,000 years.

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home astronomy space exploration archaeology paleontology biology physics medicine genetics geology aboriginal people lived australian deserts 43 000 years ago research oct 2018 news staff source « previous » evidence karnatukul serpents glen rock shelter site australian western desert indicates aboriginal people lived interior desert early settlement continent remained ranges last ice age pleistocene backed artifact dated 43 000 years ago showing evidence working edge ventral dorsal surfaces image credit

mcdonald et al doi 0.1371 journal.pone.0202511 occupation australia accepted occurred prior 60 000 years ago increased evidence arid-zone occupation prior 40 000 years ago karnatukul site retains significant position earliest rock shelter occupied australian western desert excavations demonstrating site visited least 43 000 years ago university western australia’s professor jo mcdonald colleagues found deposits dating back 43 000 years ago early backed microlith hafted multifunctional tool used spear barb wood-working 000 years earlier known australian examples tool type professor mcdonald residue found.

tool indicates hafting technology practiced earlier previously demonstrated australia tools found southern eastern australia dated last 000 years finding supports notion australians adapted ingenuity flexibility dispersed bioregion australia 000 years arriving continent fact able demonstrate range symbolic behaviors last 000 years — rock art production extraordinarily levels site same time — demonstrates continuity complexity long-term connections australian desert peoples professor mcdonald finding represented revolution understanding adaptive technological sophistication early aboriginal peoples living interior deserts australia university western australia’s professor peter veth it’s enthralling scientific aboriginal narratives working together create extraordinary canvas vast desert landscapes australian imagination research published journal plos _____ j mcdonald et al 2018 karnatukul serpent’s glen chronology oldest site australia’s western desert

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