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Early Chinese Voyages To Australia

Dr. Alan Thorne, at the Australian National University, after studying early human fossils from both Australia and China, concludes that there was a significant movement of people from the Chinese coast to North Australia at least 10,000 years ago. He hypothesizes that the Chinese built sea-going rafts of bamboo and explored Indonesia as well as the Australian coast.

(Anonymous; "Chinese 'First to Australia'," Melbounre Sun, August 14, 1982. Cr. G.D. Thompson.)

Comment. The China-to-Australia trip is simplified by island-hopping, but the existence of an early Chinese sea-faring capability has later significance for the Americas, too.

From Science Frontiers #24, NOV-DEC 1982. 1982-2000 William R. Corliss