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Symbolic behaviour and the peopling of the southern arc route to Australia

Balme, Jane; Davidson, Iain; McDonald, Jo; Stern, Nicola; Veth, Peter


It is now widely accepted that modern humans dispersed from Africa some time after 100 ka, arriving in Australia before 40 ka via a route known as the southern arc. Along this route modern humans would have encountered new and diverse environments but their dispersal into and settlement of new areas was rapid. Language and other symbolic behaviours would have contributed to the flexibility of social and economic strategies required for such rapid dispersal and colonisation. However, there is...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Quaternary International
DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2008.10.002


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