The city of Atlantis may be just a myth, but the legend could become reality when an Australian colony believed to have been inhabited at the end of the Paleolithic was found submerged.
This was revealed by research published in Quaternary Science Reviews. According to scientists, several thousand people (between 50,000 and 500,000) had settled in the area, which has an area of 647.5 square kilometers before it was covered by water, according to the New York Post.
The first half of the colony, located in the Kimberley region, is believed to have sunk between 12,000 and 9,000 years ago, during the first period of rapid sea level rise around the world.
“This may have caused population withdrawal, leading to a peak in occupational density at archaeological sites,” the researchers noted in their study.
Scientists intend to continue their research to learn the history of this colony.
“Today, it is clear that submerged continental margins played an important role in early human expansions around the world. The growth of underwater archeology in Australia will contribute to a growing global picture of early human migrations and the impact of climate change on human populations in the late Pleistocene,” the study said. .
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