Earth:Sahul (continent)

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Short description: A prehistoric continent that consisted of Australia, New Guinea, Tasmania and Seram

Map of Sahul and Sunda

Sahul was a prehistoric continent that consisted of Australia, New Guinea, Tasmania and Seram.[1][2][3][4]

Sea level rise since the Last Glacial Maximum.

Sahul became partially submerged starting around 18,000 years ago.[5] Sea levels continued to rise until around 5000 BCE.

Sahul and Sunda were points of early human migrations after leaving Africa.[6] Recent research points to a planned migration of hundreds of people using bamboo rafts, which eventually landed on Sahul.[7][8][9]

The Sahul continent takes its name from the Sahul Shelf.

See also


  1. "What Did Australia Look Like When the First People Arrived?". 
  2. Carmack, Robert M. (11 October 2013). Anthropology and Global History: From Tribes to the Modern World-System. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9780759123908. 
  3. Cochrane, Ethan E.; Hunt, Terry L. (8 August 2018). The Oxford Handbook of Prehistoric Oceania. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199925070. 
  4. O'Connor, Sue; Veth, Peter Marius; Spriggs, Matthew (1 February 2007). The Archaeology of the Aru Islands, Eastern Indonesia. ANU E Press. ISBN 9781921313042. 
  5. "Island-hopping study shows the most likely route the first people took to Australia". 
  6. Mascie-Taylor, D.B.A.C.G.N.; Mascie-Taylor, C.G.N.; Lasker, G.W. (1988). Biological Aspects of Human Migration. Cambridge University Press. p. 18. ISBN 9780521331098. Retrieved 2018-08-09. 
  7. Michael Bird (Jun 2019). "Early human settlement of Sahul was not an accident". Scientific Reports 9. doi:10.1038/s41598-019-42946-9. PMID 31209234. 
  8. Michael Westaway (Jul 2019). "The first hominin fleet". Nature Ecology and Evolution. 
  9. Graham Lawton (Jan 25, 2020). "The epic ocean journey that took Stone Age people to Australia". New Scientist.