Ancient DNA from Guam and the peopling of the Pacific

  title={Ancient DNA from Guam and the peopling of the Pacific},
  author={Irina Pugach and Alexander H{\"u}bner and Hsiao-chun Hung and Matthias Meyer and Mike T. Carson and Mark Stoneking},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
Significance We know more about the settlement of Polynesia than we do about the settlement of the Mariana Islands in the western Pacific. There is debate over where people came from to get to the Marianas, with various lines of evidence pointing to the Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea, or the Bismarck Archipelago, and over how the ancestors of the present Mariana Islanders, the Chamorro, might be related to Polynesians. We analyzed ancient DNA from Guam from two skeletons dating to ∼2,200 y… 

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Profile of Mark Stoneking

  • J. Viegas
  • Biology
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 2021
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