but one of the most warlike ever encountered." The physical appearance of Australian aborigines is termed australoid, meaning that they have dark skin, wavy or curly hair, slender body build and large teeth. New Guineans are australoid but with minor differences, such as tightly curled hair. That the people of Sahul should look somewhat like sub-Saharan Africans is probably no accident. Because of their relative isolation, australoid peoples may be closer to the first emigrants than are most other living people. But they cannot exactly represent the first modern humans who left Africa because their population includes later immigrants, such as Polynesians, and they have themselves changed a lot through genetic drift.

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