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Genomic insights into the peopling of the Southwest Pacific

Skoglund, Pontus; Posth, Cosimo; Spriggs, Matthew; Bedford, Stuart; Clark, Geoffrey; Reepmeyer, Christian


The appearance of people associated with the Lapita culture in the South Pacific around 3,000 years ago1 marked the beginning of the last major human dispersal to unpopulated lands. However, the relationship of these pioneers to the long-established Papuan people of the New Guinea region is unclear. Here we present genome-wide ancient DNA data from three individuals from Vanuatu (about 3,100–2,700 years before present) and one from Tonga (about 2,700–2,300 years before present), and analyse...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature
DOI: 10.1038/nature19844


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