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Seven Discoveries that Changed the Course of Human Evolution


The best early evidence of a modern human voyage across large stretches of open water is the colonisation of Australia at least 50,000 years ago, navigating 50–90 km stretches of water where land could not be seen. Credit: Jamie Tufrey

By Paul Taçon

Seven discoveries made by our ancient ancestors were key cultural drivers that changed the course of human evolution in extraordinary ways.

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