Modern Polynesian genomes offer clues to early eastward migrations.

  title={Modern Polynesian genomes offer clues to early eastward migrations.},
  author={Patrick V. Kirch},
  volume={597 7877},
  • P. Kirch
  • Published 1 September 2021
  • History
  • Nature


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