Native South Americans were early inhabitants of Polynesia

  title={Native South Americans were early inhabitants of Polynesia},
  author={Paul Wallin},
DNA analysis of Polynesians and Native South Americans has revealed an ancient genetic signature that resolves a long-running debate over Polynesian origins and early contacts between the two populations. DNA analysis sheds light on the initial peopling of eastern Polynesia. 
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