Native American gene flow into Polynesia predating Easter Island settlement

Study ID Alternative Stable ID Type
EGAS00001004209 Other

Study Description

The possibility of voyaging contact between prehistoric Polynesian and Native American populations has long intrigued researchers. Proponents have pointed to the existence of New World crops, such as the sweet potato and bottle gourd, in the Polynesian archaeological record, but nowhere else outside the pre-Columbian Americas while critics have argued that these botanical dispersals need not have been human mediated. The Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl controversially suggested that prehistoric South American populations had an important role in the settlement of east Polynesia and particularly of Easter Island (Rapa Nui). Several limited molecular genetic studies have reached opposing conclusions, and the possibility continues to be as hotly contested today as it was when first suggested. Here we analyse genome-wide variation in individuals from islands across Polynesia for signs of Native American admixture, analysing 807 individuals from 17 island populations and 15 Pacific coast Native American groups. We find conclusive evidence for prehistoric contact of Polynesian ... (Show More)

Study Datasets 3 datasets.

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Dataset ID Description Technology Samples
Samples from Puno, Peru
Axiom LAT Array 61
Samples from eastern Polynesia, Taiwan, and Vanuatu
Axiom LAT Array 354
Samples from Magdalena de Cao, Peru
Illumina MEGA Array 20

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