Matrilineality and the Melanesian Origin of Polynesian Y Chromosomes1

  title={Matrilineality and the Melanesian Origin of Polynesian Y Chromosomes1},
  author={Per Hage and Jeff Marck},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={S121 - S127}
  • P. Hage, J. Marck
  • Published 1 December 2003
  • Environmental Science
  • Current Anthropology
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