Dating the first australians


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About 20,000 years old, the Gwion Gwion figures are more recent than other paintings in the area, which have been dated as being up to 40,000 years old.

But Dr Michael Westaway, biological anthropologist from Griffith University, said genome sequencing dispels the myth that Indigenous Australians were not the first Australians."This is absolutely not in doubt," Dr Westaway told Richard Glover on 702 ABC Sydney. We know that they moved out of Africa over 60,000 years ago.

The research was conducted by a team led by evolutionary biologist Eske Willerslev, director of the Centre for Ancient Genetics at the University of Copenhagen, and published in 2011."This proves an unbroken lineage over 2,500 generations — about 65 to 70,000 years," Dr Westaway said.