sets a new minimum age for the human colonisation of Australia and the dispersal of modern humans out of Africa and across south Asia.“The final stages of this journey took place at a time of lower sea level, when northern Australia was cooler and wetter. extends the period of overlap of modern humans and Homo floresiensis [the hominin species better known as hobbits] in eastern Indonesia to at least 15,000 years and, potentially, with other archaic hominins – such as Homo erectus – in southeast Asia and Australasia.” In addition to changing the story of our species’ expansion across the globe, the new much older date challenges theories that Australia’s astonishing megafauna – a two-tonne wombat, giant kangaroos that were so big they couldn’t hop and a two-metre-tall bird – were quickly wiped out by humans.
For them, the fact that the country continues to celebrate its national holiday on January 26 is deeply offensive and, in response, rallies were held in major cities across the country. It is not a day for singing and dancing," Aboriginal poet and Bidjara elder Ken Canning told a gathered crowd.
"In the 1960s and 70s, as the country was moving away from Britain, the Australian government consciously set up January 26 as a 'celebration' and tried to whip up nationalism," he told Al Jazeera.
"We were looking for a story that was our own." "There is hardly any discussion about Australia's convict history and what it means.
In the past several years, official celebrations of Australia Day have also changed to incorporate Australia's multiculturalism, for instance, in naturalisation ceremonies, where migrants are officially granted citizenship are commonly held on the day.
" Nakkiah Lui, an actress and playwright who has a Gamilaroi-Torres Strait Islander heritage, rejects the idea that Indigenous Australians could ever feel included in the national holiday.