Language Phylogenies Reveal Expansion Pulses and Pauses in Pacific Settlement

  title={Language Phylogenies Reveal Expansion Pulses and Pauses in Pacific Settlement},
  author={Russell David Gray and Alexei J. Drummond and Simon J. Greenhill},
  pages={479 - 483}
Debates about human prehistory often center on the role that population expansions play in shaping biological and cultural diversity. Hypotheses on the origin of the Austronesian settlers of the Pacific are divided between a recent “pulse-pause” expansion from Taiwan and an older “slow-boat” diffusion from Wallacea. We used lexical data and Bayesian phylogenetic methods to construct a phylogeny of 400 languages. In agreement with the pulse-pause scenario, the language trees place the… 

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