Humans Settled Australia’s Interior Way Earlier Than We Realized

Profile view of Warratyi Rock Shelter, a Pleistocene Aboriginal settlement in southern Australia’s arid zone. Image: Giles Hamm

Aboriginal people settled Australia’s hot, dry interior at least 10,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to new archaeological evidence unearthed from an ancient rock shelter. It’s a remarkable discovery that points to a level of technological sophistication previously unknown to exist in Australia or Southeast Asia during the late Pleistocene—and it could reshape our understanding of how the last habitable continent on Earth was settled.

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