DNA suggests Aborigines did migrate out of Africa





Australia –- along with the rest of the world –- was first settled by a single group of settlers who left Africa more than 55,000 years ago, DNA research suggests.

Once there, they apparently evolved in relative isolation, developing genetic characteristics and technology found nowhere else until the arrival of the first European settlers.

The uniqueness of Australia’s ancient Aborigines and archaeological finds on the continent have previously threatened to undermine the ''out of Africa'' hypothesis of human origins favoured by most experts.

But the latest research by geneticists at the University of Cambridge reinforces the theory that all modern human beings belonging to the species Homo sapiens are descended from a small number of Africans who left their home between 55,000 and 60,000 years ago.


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