When Joseph Birdsell travelled with Norman Tindale visiting and recording tribes all around Australia, in the Wet Tropics rainforest, he noted a
separate grouping where “Physical characteristics of the Barrinean type, in addition to diminutive stature, include the un-Australian characteristic of crisp curly hair.” The Ngatjan tribe were living at Lakes Barrine and Eacham on the tablelands.
BIRDSELL GROUPING (12 tribes of short-statured/ pygmy people): Ngatjan, Mamu, Wanjuru, Tjapukai, Barbaram, Idindji, Kongkandji, Buluwai, Djiru, Djirubal, Gulngai, Keramai
Homo erectus was last recovered 50,000ya in Indonesia, not far from the rainforests of Far North Queensland. Many records show Indigenous Australians using boat technology and recent DNA studies for the Aboriginal Heritage Project show at least 50,000 years of continuous occupation of the ancient Sahul landmass.
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