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Aboriginal languages could reveal scientific clues to Australia’s unique past

30 May 2015, 03:54 UTC
Aboriginal languages could reveal scientific clues to Australia’s unique past
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By Robin Whitlock (with some edits by Duane Hamacher for accuracy)The loss of Australian aboriginal languages could obstruct access to unique scientific information regarding Australia’s ancient geological history, according to a story reported this week by BBC News.Ancient Australian Aboriginal legends passed down over millennia appear to verify recent scientific discoveries regarding Australia’s ancient past, including a previously untapped record of natural history among the stars. Investigation of such a resource could reveal memories of ancient meteor strikes from thousands of years ago according to research at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).Intriguing Aboriginal rock art depicting Wandjinas, the supreme spirit beings and creators of the land and peopleDr Duane Hamacher of UNSW’s Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit has been able to match Aboriginal stories to impact craters dating from 4,700 years ago. One such location, at Henbury in Australia’s Northern Territory, is reflected in local oral traditions that have been passed down across the generations.Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve, located 145 kilometers south west of Alice Springs, is estimated to have hit the earth’s surface < 4,700 years ago, it contains 14 craters in total. 2006, Photo by W & S Roddom. (Wikimedia Commons)Indigenous Australian history is believed to span a period of between 40,000 to 45,000 years ...

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