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Radiocarbon and DNA evidence for a pre-Columbian introduction of Polynesian chickens to Chile

Storey, Alice A; Ramirez, Jose Miguel; Quiroz, Daniel; Burley, David; Addison, David J; Walter, Richard; Anderson, Atholl; Hunt, Terry L; Athens, J. Stephen; Huynen, Leon; Matisoo-Smith, Elizabeth

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Two issues long debated among Pacific and American prehistorians are (i) whether there was a pre-Columbian introduction of chicken (Gallus gallus) to the Americas and (ii) whether Polynesian contact with South America might be identified archaeologically, through the recovery of remains of unquestionable Polynesian origin. We present a radiocarbon date and an ancient DNA sequence from a single chicken bone recovered from the archaeological site of El Arenal-1, on the Arauco Peninsula, Chile....[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/32941
Source: PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0703993104

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