From the Dreamtime the Yowie In Myth And Reality
Joseph Birdsell from Harvard University and Australian anthropologist
Norman B Tindale of the South Australian Museum, carried out a detailed
anthropometric survey of some 600 north Qld rainforest pygmies.
period, they stumbled upon a whole tribe hidden deep in the Atherton
jungles that had hitherto been unknown. For a while both men thought
that these people were the last traces of negritos who had arrived in
Australia long before the Aborigines.
However, a series of studies of
the language, blood types, teeth structure and tribal boundaries has
disproved this theory.
Having seen the vast, taipan-infested jungles of northern Qld during
our many field expeditions, my wife Heather and I can easily accept
the possible existence of lost pygmy tribes hereabouts. In that wild
country any number of these tribes could wander unseen.
parts of Australia are not fully explored, areas so inaccessible that
tales of 'lost tribes' should not be dismissed out of hand.
After all, there
were still unknown Aboriginals living in remote areas of Central Australia
until comparatively recent times, when Europeans first ventured into
And it was only about 70 years ago that an Aboriginal was
found in the Bulloo Channels country of north-western NSW, who had never
seen a white man before.