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The Peopling of Sahul and Near Oceania

O'Connor, Susan; Hiscock, Peter


Sahul, comprising Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea was colonized from Sunda, the enlarged southernmost extension of Eurasia, by anatomically modern Homo sapiens over 50,000 years ago. Pleistocene colonization of Sahul required watercraft to cross the perpetual island region of Wallacea, wherein populations adjusted to changing patterns of floral and faunal diversity. Once in Sahul, populations quickly adapted to the varying resources, developed regional differences in technology and culture,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Book chapter
DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199925070.013.002
Access Rights: Open Access


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