Tuesday, January 29, 2013


www.bbc.co.uk - Australia experienced a wave of migration from India about 4,000 years ago, a genetic study suggests. It was thought the continent had been largely isolated after the first humans arrived about 40,000 years ago until the Europeans moved in in the 1800s. But DNA from Aboriginal Australians revealed there had been some movement from India during this period. The researchers believe the Indian migrants may have introduced the dingo to Australia. 
In the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they say that the fossil record suggests the wild dogs arrived in Australia at around the same time. They also suggest that Indians may have brought stone tools called microliths to their new home. To study the early origins of Australia's population, the team compared genetic material from Aboriginal Australians with DNA from people in New Guinea, South East Asia and India.

By looking at specific locations, called genetic markers, within the DNA sequences, the researchers were able to track the genes to see who was most closely related to whom. They found an ancient genetic association between New Guineans and Australians, which dates to about 35,000 to 45,000 years ago. At that time, Australia and New Guinea were a single land mass, called Sahul, and this tallies with the period when the first humans arrived. But the researchers also found a substantial amount of gene flow between India and Australia.
Prof. Mark Stoneking, from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, said: "We have a pretty clear signal from looking at a large number of genetic markers from all across the genome that there was contact between India and Australia somewhere around 4,000 to 5,000 years ago." "Our results show that there were indeed people that made a genetic contribution to Australians from India," Prof Stoneking explained.

A new study states the existence of a genetic contribution to Australians from India about 4,000 years ago. Researchers compared the DNA of Aboriginal Australians with Indians' genetic material. They looked at fossils and other archaeological discoveries that date to this period and concluded that changes in tool technology and new animals could possibly be attributed to the new migrants. The genetic data could not establish the route the Indians would have taken to reach the Australian continent, but it was evidence that Australia was not as cut off as had been assumed, Prof Mark Stoneking explained. Archaeological evidences confirm that since 4,500 B.C. or earlier, people moved from India to the west, and there was a lot of contact between India and Egypt, Sumeria, Mesopotamia, and others.

This was also (around 4000 to 5000 B.C. or earlier) when the Vedic culture was spreading throughout the world, either because of reasons of trade, migration, or because some of the degenerated tribes were driven out of the Indian region. Some of the first tribes to have left India may include the Prithu-Parthavas (who later became the Parthians), the Druhyus (who became the Druids), the Alinas (Hellenes or ancient Greeks), the Simyus (Sirmios or ancient Albanians), the Cinas (Chinese), and others. ... These were some of the earliest of Aryans who created the most ancient form of Indo-European society. They took with them their Vedic customs, language, rituals, etc., all of which gradually changed with time due to their lack of seriously following the Vedic traditions, or because of their loss of close contact with the orthodox homeland.

Stephen Knapp (Śrīpad Nandanandana dasa) :
"Death of the Aryan Invasion Theory"
http://www.stephen-knapp.com  -  http://www.stephenknapp.info/

Published by dasavatara das - "Vedic Views on World News"

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