Genetic Affinities of the Andaman Islanders, a Vanishing Human Population

  title={Genetic Affinities of the Andaman Islanders, a Vanishing Human Population},
  author={Kumarasamy Thangaraj and Lalji Singh and Alla Goverdhana Reddy and V.Raghavendra Rao and Subhash Chandra Sehgal and Peter A. Underhill and Melanie J. Pierson and Ian G. Frame and Erika Hagelberg},
  journal={Current Biology},
BACKGROUND The Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal are inhabited by hunter-gatherers of unknown origin, now on the verge of extinction. The Andamanese and other Asian small-statured peoples, traditionally known as "Negritos," resemble African pygmies. However, it is generally believed that they descend from the early Australo-Melanesian settlers of Southeast Asia and that their resemblance to some Africans is due to adaptation to a similar environment, rather than shared origins. RESULTS We… CONTINUE READING
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