Revisiting ancient DNA insights into the human history of the Pacific Islands

Matthew Spriggs, Frederique Valentin, Stuart Bedford, Ron Pinhasi, Pontus Skoglund, David Reich, Mark Lipson

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    Abstract

    We respond to issues raised in the recent Forum on "Ancient DNA and its contribution to understanding the human history of the Pacific Islands" in Archaeology in Oceania by Bedford et al. We first present an emerging model for the early peopling of Vanuatu combining the genetic and archaeological evidence. Second, we respond specifically to the criticisms of two contributors: Matisoo-Smith and Sand. We discuss various misconceptions about the Teouma Lapita cemetery and about sampling issues in DNA research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)53-56
    JournalArchaeology in Oceania
    Volume54
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

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