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Ancient Microbial DNA in Dental Calculus: A New method for Studying Rapid Human Migration Events

Eisenhofer, Raphael; Anderson, Atholl; Dobney, Keith; Cooper, Alan; Weyrich, Laura


Ancient human migrations provide the critical genetic background to historical and contemporary human demographic patterns. However, our ability to infer past human migration events, especially those that occurred over rapid timescales, is often limited. A key example is the peopling of Polynesia, where the timing is relatively well defined, but the exact routes taken during the final stages and the source populations are not. Here, we discuss the technical limitations of current methods for...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017-11-13
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Island & Coastal Archaeology
DOI: 10.1080/15564894.2017.1382620


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