Native American Admixture into Polynesia

The Insight | 9 July 2020 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Alex Ioannidis on the Nature paper he co-authored: Native American gene flow into Polynesia predating Easter Island settlement. Explains the genetic evidence for pre-Columbian Native American ancestry in Eastern Polynesia. Did the Polynesians bring them back from the mainland? Or did they voyage themselves?

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  1. Interesting that it could have been South Americans sailing to Polynesia, or Polynesians sailing to South America; when I read about this previously, I understood the latter only. The next step will be studying the sweet potatoes.

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