Bill Bryson - Australian Aboriginal origins
Type of Spiritual Experience
Following the current thinking in genetics, man appeared in Africa and then migrated to other lands. But some evidence points to the fact that there are peoples who are a good deal older in their ancestry than those whose origins are 'out of Africa'.
This offers us the intriguing possibility that man was designed once but tested in different variations of the theme in different 'islands of civilisation', man was not evolved as such but introduced. The time of introduction appears to coincide with a major climate event - see Elisabeth Vrba.
It is worth adding that among the 10 successful extractions of DNA tested was the world's oldest known human DNA— "plucked from none other than Mungo Man". His mtDNA signature did not match anyone's, living or fossil, on Earth. There was no evidence that he was genetically related to ancient Africans.
A description of the experience
In 1968, a geologist named Jim Bowler was poking around on a long dried lake bed called Mungo in a parched and windy corner of western New South Wales, when something unexpected caught his eye. Human bones…..
At the time, it was believed that humans had been in Australia for no more than 8,000 years, but Mungo had been dry for 12,000 years… The bones turned out to be 23,000 years old.
Other bones found nearby proved to be as much as 60,000 years old. At no time since hominids arose on earth has Australia not been an island. If the assumption is made that any human beings that arrived there must have come by sea, they would have had to have crossed 100 kms or more of open water and then travelled 3,000 kms inland
“Do you know that when 19th century anthropologists first got to Papua New Guineau, they found people in the highlands of the interior, in some of the most inaccessible terrain on earth, growing sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are native to South America. So how did they get to Papua New Guineau? We don’t know. Don’t have the faintest idea”