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East African origins for Madagascan chickens as indicated by mitochondrial DNA

Herrera, Michael B; Thomson, Vicki A; Wadley, Jessica J; Piper, Philip; Sulandari, Sri; Dharmayanthi, Anik Budhi; Kraitsek, Spiridoula; Gongora, Jaime; Austin, Jeremy J.


The colonization of Madagascar by Austronesian-speaking people during AD 50–500 represents the most westerly point of the greatest diaspora in prehistory. A range of economically important plants and animals may have accompanied the Austronesians. Domestic chickens (Gallus gallus) are found in Madagascar, but it is unclear how they arrived there. Did they accompany the initial Austronesian-speaking populations that reached Madagascar via the Indian Ocean or were they late arrivals with Arabian...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Royal Society Open Science
DOI: 10.1098/rsos.160787
Access Rights: Open Access


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