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On the Rat Trail in Near Oceania: Applying the Commensal Model to the Question of the Lapita Colonization

Matisoo-Smith, Elizabeth; Hingston, M; Summerhayes, Glenn; Robins, Judith; Ross, Howard A; Hendy, Mike D.


Presented here are the most recent results of our studies of Ratus exulans, one of the main commensal animals transported across the Pacific by Lapita peoples and their descendants. We sampled several locations in Near Oceania to determine distribution of R. exulans mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) haplotypes in the region. We also obtained data regarding distribution of other introduced Rattus species to several islands in the Bismarck Archipelago. Our results suggest that there were multiple...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Pacific Science: a quarterly devoted to the biological and physical sciences of the Pacific Region
DOI: 10.2984/049.063.0402


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