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[New post] Lapita people are ancestors to all Ni-Vanuatu, finds latest DNA study

WordPress.com bobmakin posted: " A major academic paper has been published online in Nature, the top scientific journal in the world, which solves many questions of the origins of Pacific peoples, including the people of Vanuatu. The study, titled 'Genomic insights into the peopli" Respond to this post by replying above this line New post on Vanuatu Daily Digest Lapita people are ancestors to all Ni-Vanuatu, finds latest DNA study by bobmakin Ol bubu blong yumi: a Lapita skeleton buried with three other skulls at Teouma, Efate A major academic paper has been published online in Nature, the top scientific journal in the world, which solves many questions of the origins of Pacific peoples, including the people of Vanuatu. The study, titled 'Genomic insights into the peopling of the Southwest Pacific' (paywall), is based on a revolutionary study of ancient DNA from the Lapita skeletons from Teouma found during the 2004 to 2010 archaeological dig there. There are 31 authors to the paper, led by Pontus Skoglund of Harvard University. It turns out the foundation population of Vanuatu probably came directly from Taiwan or the northern Philippines,  bypassing New Guinea and the Solomon Islands without mixing with the Australo-Papuan people already living there. All Ni-Vanuatu descend from these first migrants and their later intermarriage with mixed Asian-Papuan groups who came down from the New Guinea and Solomon Islands. There are Asian Lapita genes in every Ni-Vanuatu, the mark of their earliest ancestors. The original archaeological research carried out at Teouma was in response to damage to the site from soil quarrying for the prawn farm. The bulldozers had revealed skeletons and broken Lapita pots dating to almost 3,000 years ago. Read more of this post bobmakin | October 7, 2016 at 5:01 pm | Tags: archaeology, genetics, human migration, Lapita, Teouma, Vanuatu | Categories: History, Long Read, Melanesia, Pacific region, Science | URL: http://wp.me/p2A4RK-1kB Comment    See all comments Unsubscribe to no longer receive posts from Vanuatu Daily Digest. Change your email settings at Manage Subscriptions. Trouble clicking? Copy and paste this URL into your browser: http://ift.tt/2dQ61La Thanks for flying with WordPress.com

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