Melanesian origin of Polynesian Y-chromosomes

  title={Melanesian origin of Polynesian Y-chromosomes},
  author={Manfred Kayser and Silke Brauer and Gunter Weiss and Peter A. Underhill and Lutz Roewer and Wulf Schiefenhoevel and M. Stoneking},
  journal={Current Biology},
BACKGROUND Two competing hypotheses for the origins of Polynesians are the 'express-train' model, which supposes a recent and rapid expansion of Polynesian ancestors from Asia/Taiwan via coastal and island Melanesia, and the 'entangled-bank' model, which supposes a long history of cultural and genetic interactions among Southeast Asians, Melanesians and Polynesians. Most genetic data, especially analyses of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) variation, support the express-train model, as does linguistic… CONTINUE READING


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