Fast Trains, Slow Boats, and the Ancestry of the Polynesian Islanders

  title={Fast Trains, Slow Boats, and the Ancestry of the Polynesian Islanders},
  author={Stephen J. Oppenheimer and Martin B. Richards},
  journal={Science Progress},
  pages={157 - 181}
The question of the origins of the Polynesians has, for over 200 years, been the subject of adventure science. Since Captain Cook's first speculations on these isolated Pacific islanders, their language affiliations have been seen as an essential clue to the solution. The geographic and numeric centre of gravity of the Austronesian language family is in island Southeast Asia, which was therefore originally seen as their dispersal homeland. However, another view has held sway for 15 years, the… 

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