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Origins of the Australian and New Guinean Aborigines

  1. Sheila M van Holst Pellekaan

Published Online: 14 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0020815



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van Holst Pellekaan, S. M. 2008. Origins of the Australian and New Guinean Aborigines. eLS. .

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  1. University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 MAR 2008

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Mitochondrial deoxyribonucleic acid (mtDNA) and Y chromosome studies indicate deep ancestry for both Australia and New Guinea peoples, with evidence for limited, shared genetic connection as well as ancient maternal lineages specific to both places. Several entry points into Sahul might explain haplotype distribution. Migration by northern as well as by a southern coastal route remain possible scenarios, as no single regional source population is identifiable.


  • origins;
  • Australia;
  • New Guinea;
  • Sahul;
  • aborigines