Ancestral origins: homing in on Hawaiki

By Rebecca Priestley In Science

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In the long human migration that started in Africa 65,000 years ago, Homo sapiens expanded from a small population in what is now Ethiopia to populate all the habitable land on Earth. We know from archaeological and carbon dating evidence that the last significant land mass to be settled, just 750 years ago, was New Zealand. But where did those first settlers come from? Maori tradition says the ancestral waka came from the homeland of Hawaiki, but where is Hawaiki? Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith, a biological anthropologist from the University of Otago and the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular ...

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