Prehistoric Mobility in Polynesia : MtDNA Variation in Rattus exulans from the Chatham and Kermadec Islands

@inproceedings{MatisooSmith2010PrehistoricMI,
  title={Prehistoric Mobility in Polynesia : MtDNA Variation in Rattus exulans from the Chatham and Kermadec Islands},
  author={Elizabeth A. Matisoo-Smith and Douglas Sutton and Thegn N. Ladefoged and David M. Lambert and John S. Allen},
  year={2010}
}
Irwin (1992) has suggested that island accessibility in the Pacific, in terms oflatitude and safety of return voyaging, for example, affects their degree of contact with other islands and their role in Pacific prehistory. We present results of mtDNA variation in both ancient and modern populations of the Pacific Rat (Rattus exulans), an animal that was transported by humans as they settled the Pacific islands. We argue that the varying levels of genetic diversity in R. exulans populations on… CONTINUE READING
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