Earliest Evidence of Humans Living on the Australian Coast
An island on the Australian coast has held artifacts from 50,000 years ago.
FIFTY THOUSAND YEARS AGO, Barrow Island, one of the largest islands in Western Australia, wasn’t an island at all. Back then, when this part of Australia was connected to the mainland by a stretch of earth that’s now underwater, hunter-gatherers found a remote cave on the coast and used it as a hunting shelter, a team of archeologists report.
About 10,000 years ago, the team found, humans moved into the cave more permanently. But after a few thousand years, as sea levels rose, the island was cut off from the mainland and the cave was abandoned.
Clancy's comment: Wow, that's a hell of a long time ago.