DNA study confirms First Australians as most ancient civilisation

Dr Willerslev
NY Times picture of Dr Willerslev at his Institute

DNA studies of First Nations people in Papua and Australia confirm mounting archeological evidence that the First Australians are the oldest civilisation on Earth.

One of four studies on human ancestry published in Nature this week, the study by Prof Eske Willerslev of the University of Copenhagen shows that these groups arrived on the continent about 50,000 years ago and remained almost entirely isolated until around 4,000 years ago.

“They are probably the oldest group in the world that you can link to one particular place,” said Willerslev.


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