Using ancient DNA to study the origins and dispersal of ancestral Polynesian chickens and human migration across Pacific
Thomson, Vicki A; Lebrasseur, Ophelie; Austin, Jeremy J.; Hunt, Terry L; Burney, David A.; Denham, Timothy; Rawlence, Nicolas J.; Wood, Jamie R; Gongora, Jaime; Flink, Linus Girdland; Linderholm, Anna; Dobney, Keith; Larson, Greger; Cooper, Alan
The human colonization of Remote Oceania remains one of the great feats of exploration in history, proceeding east from Asia across the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Human commensal and domesticated species were widely transported as part of this diaspora, possibly as far as South America. We sequenced mitochondrial control region DNA from 122 modern and 22 ancient chicken specimens from Polynesia and Island Southeast Asia and used these together with Bayesian modeling methods to examine...[Show more]
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