Tracking human migration through bacteria

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While we’re on the topic of the Austronesian migration, the same issue of Science also carried another article about the tracing of human migration through the pacific. This time, the tracing of human bacteria indicate two splits of pacific populations from Asian ones, the first occurring around 30,000 years ago, while the second through one of the Austronesian subgroups 5,000 years ago.

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The Peopling of the Pacific from a Bacterial Perspective
Science, 23 January 2009
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