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Melanesian and Asian origins of Polynesians: mtDNA and Y chromosome gradients across the Pacific

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Kayser, M. ; Brauer, S. ; Cordaux, R. ; Casto, A. ; Lao, O. ; Zhivotovsky, L. A. ; Moyse-Faurie, C. ; Rutledge, R. B. ; Schiefenhoevel, W. ; Gil, D. ; Lin, A. A. ; Underhill, P. A. ; Oefner, Peter J. ; Trent, R. J. ; Stoneking, M.
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The human settlement of the Pacific Islands represents one of the most recent major migration events of mankind. Polynesians originated in Asia according to linguistic evidence or in Melanesia according to archaeological evidence. To shed light on the genetic origins of Polynesians, we investigated over 400 Polynesians from 8 island groups, in comparison with over 900 individuals from potential ...


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