DNA Changes Face Of Recorded History Once Again – Hutton Pulitzer #GoXplrr

Wellington (AFP) – Ancient DNA has revealed the first inhabitants of Vanuatu and Tonga came from Asia, not other Oceanic populations as has long been assumed, a study published Tuesday found.The study sheds light on the last great human migration into unpopulated lands, when a people called the Lapita fanned out into the South Pacific about 3,000 years ago.

Little is known of the mysterious culture beyond their distinctive dotted pottery and the human remains they left behind.Scientists had speculated that they were an offshoot of Australo-Papuan populations of Australia, New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, who arrived in the region 40,000-50,000 years ago.But analysis of three skeletons from Vanuatu’s oldest cemetery found they came from Asia, with no trace of DNA from their Pacific neighbours.

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