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Mitochondrial DNA from 3000-year old chickens at the Teouma site, Vanuatu

Storey, Alice A; Spriggs, Matthew; Bedford, Stuart; Hawkins, Stuart; Robins, Judith; Huynen, Leon; Matisoo-Smith, Elizabeth


Chickens were part of the Lapita cultural complex, transported into and through the Pacific by prehistoric colonists; as such they can be used as a proxy for tracking prehistoric migration and interaction. The Lapita site of Teouma in Vanuatu is well known for the recovery of complete dentate stamped pots and a cemetery containing the largest collection of Lapita period skeletons ever found. Chicken bones recovered from these excavations provide the first ancient DNA sequences from any...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Archaeological Science
DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2010.05.006


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