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  Australia timeline
c. 50 million years ago
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Australia becomes a separate land mass, isolating its living creatures. They evolve into many species unique to the area     
c. 60,000 years ago
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The first human inhabitants of Australia make the crossing from southeast Asia     
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Abel Tasman makes landfall in the Macquarie Harbour area in the island now known after him, Tasmania      
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Captain James Cook sails from Plymouth, in England, heading for Tahiti to observe the transit of Venus       
Banks collection, fish, c.1770
Natural History Museum, London

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Captain Cook reaches New Zealand and sets off to chart its entire coastline      
Hodges Dusky Bay, New Zealand (detail)
National Maritime Museum
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Captain Cook reaches the mainland of Australia, at a place which he names Botany Bay, and continues up the eastern coast