Single, Rapid Coastal Settlement of Asia Revealed by Analysis of Complete Mitochondrial Genomes

  title={Single, Rapid Coastal Settlement of Asia Revealed by Analysis of Complete Mitochondrial Genomes},
  author={Vincent Macaulay and Catherine Hill and Alessandro Achilli and Chiara Rengo and Douglas J. Clarke and William Meehan and J. Blackburn and Ornella Semino and Rosaria Scozzari and Fulvio Cruciani and Adi Haji Taha and Norazila Kassim Shaari and Joseph Maripa Raja and Patimah Ismail and Zafarina Zainuddin and William Goodwin and David Bulbeck and Hans-J{\"u}rgen Bandelt and Stephen J. Oppenheimer and Antonio Torroni and Martin B. Richards},
  pages={1034 - 1036}
A recent dispersal of modern humans out of Africa is now widely accepted, but the routes taken across Eurasia are still disputed. We show that mitochondrial DNA variation in isolated “relict” populations in southeast Asia supports the view that there was only a single dispersal from Africa, most likely via a southern coastal route, through India and onward into southeast Asia and Australasia. There was an early offshoot, leading ultimately to the settlement of the Near East and Europe, but the… 

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