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Single, rapid coastal settlement of Asia revealed by analysis of complete mitochondrial genomes

Macaulay, Vincent, Hill, Catherine, Achilli, Alessandro, Rengo, Chiara, Clarke, Douglas, Meehan, William, Blackburn, James, Semino, Ornello, Scozzari, Rosaria, Cruciani, Fulvio, Taha, Adi, Shaari, Norazila Kassim, Raja, Joseph Maripa, Ismail, Patimah, Zainuddin, Zafarina, Goodwin, William, Bulbeck, David, Bandelt, Hans-Jurgen, Oppenheimer, Stephen, Torroni, Antonio and Richards, Martin B. (2005) Single, rapid coastal settlement of Asia revealed by analysis of complete mitochondrial genomes. Science, 308 (5724). pp. 1034-1036. ISSN 0036-8075

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    A recent dispersal of modern humans out of Africa is now widely accepted, but the routes taken across Eurasia are still disputed. We show that mitochondrial DNA variation in isolated "relict" populations in southeast Asia supports the view that there was only a single dispersal from Africa, most likely via a southern coastal route, through India and onward into southeast Asia and Australasia. There was an early offshoot, leading ultimately to the settlement of the Near East and Europe, but the main dispersal from India to Australia 65,000 years ago was rapid, most likely taking only a few thousand years

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: c 2005 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science;
    Uncontrolled Keywords: populations asia africa dispersal settlement mitochondrial genomes
    Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
    G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
    Schools: School of Applied Sciences

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    Depositing User: Sara Taylor
    Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2007
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