Liangdao Man and Austronesian origins

  title={Liangdao Man and Austronesian origins},
  author={Laurent Sagart},
  journal={Journal of Chinese Linguistics},
  pages={239 - 241}
  • Laurent Sagart
  • Published 2016
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of Chinese Linguistics
  • The discovery of Liangdao Man, a skeleton C-14 dated to c. 6000 BCE, under a shell mound in Liang Island north of the Taiwan strait, and the sequencing by Ko et al. (2014) of its mitochondrial DNA, have brought new light on Austronesian origins. Liangdao man’s mtDNA belongs to a very early form of haplogroup E, which is exclusively Austronesian and well represented in Taiwan in two forms: E1 and E2. In JCL 43.1A (2015), Paul Li discusses the “implications for the pre-Austronesian homeland” of… CONTINUE READING
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