Polynesian mitochondrial DNAs reveal three deep maternal lineage clusters.

  title={Polynesian mitochondrial DNAs reveal three deep maternal lineage clusters.},
  author={Jeffrey Koji Lum and Olga Rickards and C Ching and Rebecca Louise Cann},
  journal={Human biology},
  volume={66 4},
The 4000-year-old human population expansion into Remote Oceania has been studied from a variety of genetic perspectives. Here, we report the discovery that Polynesians, traditionally considered to be a single cohesive linguistic and cultural unit, exhibit at least three distinct mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) groups that probably shared a common maternal ancestor more than 85,000 years ago. The major lineage groups were first identified by PCR amplification of the mitochondrial region V deletion… CONTINUE READING

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