Ancient DNA Analysis of Palaeolithic Ryukyu Islanders

  title={Ancient DNA Analysis of Palaeolithic Ryukyu Islanders},
  author={Ken-ichi Shinoda and Noboru Adachi},
Ishigaki Island is one of the westernmost islands in Japan. Due to its geographical location, it is considered to have played a significant role in the migration route from Southern Asia to the Japanese archipelagos. Recently, human remains were excavated from Shiraho-Saonetabaru Cave, constituting the first physical evidence of human occupation on Ishigaki Island. In order to investigate the genetic makeup of the ancient Ishigaki people and to assess their genetic relationship with other Asian… 

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