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Travelers from India visited Australia 4,000 years ago

New genetic research has revealed that 4,000 years ago, travelers from India found their way to Australia.

The vast southern continent was thought to have been cut off from other populations until Europeans landed at the end of the 1700s, but the latest genetic and archaeological evidence throws that theory out.

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, reported “evidence of substantial gene flow between Indian populations and Australia about 4,000 years ago”.

They analysed genetic variations across the genome from Australian Aborigines to New Guineans, Southeast Asians, and Indians, including Dravidian speakers from the south.

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Story: Bary Parker, AFP | Photo: Greg Wood, AFP

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