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First Americans were Black according to BBC documentary


American ancient history 

BBC documentary Ancient Voices, Tracking the First Americans



The first Americans were descended from Australian aborigines, according to evidence in a new BBC documentary.

(The skulls suggest faces like those of Australian aborigines)

The programme, Ancient Voices, shows that the dimensions of prehistoric skulls found in Brazil match those of the aboriginal peoples of Australia and Melanesia. Other evidence suggests that these first Americans were later massacred by invaders from Asia.

Until now, native Americans were believed to have descended from Asian ancestors who arrived over a land bridge between Siberia and Alaska and then migrated across the whole of north and south America. The land bridge was formed 11,000 years ago during the ice age, when sea level dropped.


The skulls suggest faces like those of Australian aborigines

However, the new evidence shows that these people did not arrive in an empty wilderness. Stone tools and charcoal from the site in Brazil show evidence of human habitation as long ago as 50,000 years.

The site is at Serra Da Capivara in remote northeast Brazil. This area is now inhabited by the descendants of European settlers and African slaves who arrived just 500 years ago.

But cave paintings found here provided the first clue to the existence of a much older people.


(The costumes and rituals shown in rock art survived in Terra del Fuego)

Images of giant armadillos, which died out before the last ice age, show the artists who drew them lived before even the natives who greeted the Europeans.

These Asian people have facial features described as mongoloid. However, skulls dug from a depth equivalent to 9,000 to 12,000 years ago are very different.

Walter Neves, an archaeologist from the University of Sao Paolo, has taken extensive skull measurements from dozens of skulls, including the oldest, a young woman who has been named Lucia.

“The measurements show that Lucia was anything but mongoloid,” he says.


(Walter Neves has measured hundreds of skulls)

The next step was to reconstruct a face from Lucia’s skull. First, a CAT scan of the skull was done, to allow an accurate working model to be made.

Then a forensic artist, Richard Neave from the University of Manchester, UK, created a face for Lucia. The result was surprising: “It has all the features of a negroid face,” says Dr Neave.


(Lucia’s skull is 12,000 years old)

The skull dimensions and facial features match most closely the native people of Australia and Melanesia. These people date back to about 60,000 years, and were themselves descended from the first humans, who left Africa about 100,000 years ago.

But how could the early Australians have travelled more than 13,500 kilometres (8,450 miles) at that time? The answer comes from more cave paintings, this time from the Kimberley, a region at the northern tip of Western Australia.



This is the face of the first known American, Lucia


Here, Grahame Walsh, an expert on Australian rock art, found the oldest painting of a boat anywhere in the world. The style of the art means it is at least 17,000 years old, but it could be up to 50,000 years old.

And the crucial detail is the high prow of the boat. This would have been unnecessary for boats used in calm, inland waters. The design suggests it was used on the open ocean.

Fantastic voyage

Archaeologists speculate that such an incredible sea voyage, from Australia to Brazil, would not have been undertaken knowingly but by accident.

Just three years ago, five African fishermen were caught in a storm and a few weeks later were washed up on the shores of South America. Two of the fishermen died, but three made it alive.

But if the first Americans had drifted from Australia, where are their descendants now? Again, the skulls suggest an answer.

The shape of the skulls changes between 9,000 and 7,000 years ago from being exclusively negroid to exclusively mongoloid. Combined with rock art evidence of increasing violence at this time, it appears that the mongoloid people from the north invaded and wiped out the original Americans.


(Fuegean Cristina Calderon may be one of the few surviving descendants of the first Americans)

The only evidence of any survivors comes from Terra del Fuego, the islands at the remotest southern tip of South America.

The pre-European Fuegeans, who lived stone age-style lives until this century, show hybrid skull features which could have resulted from intermarrying between mongoloid and negroid peoples. Their rituals and traditions also bear some resemblance to the ancient rock art in Brazil.

The identity of the first Americans is an emotive and controversial question. But the evidence from Brazil, and a handful of people who still live at the very tip of South America, suggests that the Americas have been home to a greater diversity of humans than previously thought – and for much longer.

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Comment by RoADRaCER on October 17, 2017 at 12:53pm

El-Bull, hehe no i didn't watch the video before posting (ooop, shame on me!).

Checking out some sites online i see there are differing viewpoints on this.  Controversial.  But this is fascinating info just the same.

Comment by El-Bull on September 20, 2017 at 10:08pm

RoADRaCER  You're merely parroting white lies. FREE YOUR MIND FROM THE LIES YOU'VE BEEN TAUGHT. WAKE UP!! By the way, did you even bother to watch the video before commenting or did you comment only after reading the title? 

Edna Wyatt Thank you for further expounding and finding that info. However it's been well know for decades, it's just that it's only now (2011) that they dared to release the information after decades of insisting it was the Australians who populated the Americas, while leaving out the true identify of who they originally were and where they came from.

Comment by Edna Wyatt on September 20, 2017 at 3:09pm - According to this article from The Atlantic, Aboriginal Australians were part of the first wave of migration out of Africa. So they are of African descent. This is a relatively recent discovery though - 2011 - so maybe historically people tried to disassociate them from their African heritage. They are indeed of African descent though.
Comment by RoADRaCER on September 20, 2017 at 2:25pm


I'm not an anthropologist, but from my understanding Australian Aborigines and Melanesians have no genetic ties to Africa.

Comment by El-Bull on September 19, 2017 at 11:03pm


Comment by Edna Wyatt on September 19, 2017 at 9:43am
Very cool. I knew Black people were in America first, but this is the first time I've heard that it was Black people of Australian Aborigine descent.
Comment by Dr. Phillip Valentine on September 19, 2017 at 8:58am

Been told the family this since the first "Hidden Colors" Documentary. 'Bout time these white "twistorians" recognized it...!

Comment by El-Bull on September 18, 2017 at 9:49pm

Omar HandsomeMan elinor goddard  Call this a public service message as we tend to get caught up in everyday distractions and forget who we are. This is bringing back awareness

Comment by elinor goddard on September 18, 2017 at 9:15pm
Nothing new people need to know their history. Seek and learn and knowledge the truth!!!!
Comment by HandsomeMan on September 18, 2017 at 8:23pm
Blacks who came from Africa






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