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Hair Shows Aborigine Ancestors Were First to Explore World

Scientists are rewriting the history of human migration based on a 100-year-old hair sample.

Genetic analysis by Danish researchers of curly, dark-colored locks indicates that Australian Aborigines are direct descendants of the first people to migrate out of Africa, according to findings published in the journal Science. The Aborigines’ forebears probably made their way across the world 24,000 years before another wave led Europe’s and Asia’s settlement, the scientists said.