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Story of epic human voyages across Polynesia revealed by genetics

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Polynesian sacred idol statue on Raivavae island, Polynesia

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A genetic research has helped shine a light-weight on how the Polynesian islands of the central and southern Pacific – a few of that are 1000’s of kilometres aside – have been populated over the previous thousand years.

Alexander Ioannidis at Stanford College in California and his colleagues analysed the DNA of 430 folks of Polynesian descent to map their genetic ancestry.

Polynesia is made up of round 1000 islands that span one-third of the world. It consists of New Zealand, Hawaii, Easter Island (Rapa Nui) and Samoa. …

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