Testing migration patterns and estimating founding population size in Polynesia by using human mtDNA sequences.

@article{MurrayMcIntosh1998TestingMP,
  title={Testing migration patterns and estimating founding population size in Polynesia by using human mtDNA sequences.},
  author={Rosalind P. Murray-McIntosh and Brian J Scrimshaw and Peggy Hatfield and D. Penny},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={1998},
  volume={95 15},
  pages={9047-52}
}
The hypervariable 1 region of human mtDNA shows markedly reduced variability in Polynesians, and this variability decreases from western to eastern Polynesia. Fifty-four sequences from New Zealand Maori show that the mitochondrial variability with just four haplotypes is the lowest of any sizeable human group studied and that the frequency of haplotypes is markedly skewed. The Maori sequences, combined with 268 published sequences from the Pacific, are consistent with a series of founder… CONTINUE READING