Origins of the Australian and New Guinean Aborigines
Published Online: 14 MAR 2008
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van Holst Pellekaan, S. M. 2008. Origins of the Australian and New Guinean Aborigines. eLS. .
- 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.
- New Guinea;