World-first study confirms indigenous link to Africa

HUMANS in the modern world are all descendants of a single wave of migrants who left Africa about 72,000 years ago, a genomic study has revealed.

It's the comprehensive study of Indigenous Australians to date and confirms modern Aboriginals are the descendants of the first people to inhabit Australia - a claim that has previously been up for debate.

The genetic information also shows Aboriginal people living in desert conditions may have developed unique biological adaptations to survive the arid conditions.

The findings are contained in one of three papers published today in Nature that look at the dispersal of modern humans from our evolutionary birthplace in Africa to Europe, Asia and Oceania.

The study can be read in full here and the video below explains the genetic history of aboriginal Australians.


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