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Population Genetics, Linguistics, and Culture History in the Southwest Pacific

Jonathan S. Friedlaender


The broad arc of islands north of Australia, extending from Indonesia east towards the central Pacific, is home to a set of human populations whose diversity is unsurpassed elsewhere. Approximately 20% of the world's languages are spoken here, and the biological and genetic heterogeneity among the groups is also extraordinary. This book describes the origins of the genetic and linguistic variation there. It lays out the very complex structure of the variation within and among the islands in this relatively small but important region. This book applies genetic analyses to an intensively sampled ... More

Keywords: population genetics, historical linguistics, biogeography, human diversity, populations, demography, Southwest Pacific, Melanesia, Near Oceania, Remote Oceania

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195300307
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300307.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan S. Friedlaender, editor
Temple University (Emeritus)

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PART I The Framework

1 Introduction

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PART II Core Studies in Northern Island Melanesia

4 Mitochondrial DNA Variation in Northern Island Melanesia

Jonathan S. Friedlaender, Françoise R. Friedlaender, Jason A. Hodgson, Stacy McGrath, Matthew Stoltz, George Koki, Theodore G. Schurr, and D. Andrew Merriwether

5 Y Chromosome Variation in Northern Island Melanesia

Laura B. Scheinfeldt, Françoise R. Friedlaender, Jonathan S. Friedlaender, Krista Latham, George Koki, Tatiana Karafet, Michael Hammer, and Joseph Lorenz

6 Pigmentation and Candidate Gene Variation in Northern Island Melanesia

Heather L. Norton, George Koki, and Jonathan S. Friedlaender

8 The Languages of Island Melanesia

Eva Lindström, Angela Terrill, Ger Reesink, and Michael Dunn

9 Inferring Prehistory from Genetic, Linguistic, and Geographic Variation

Keith Hunley, Michael Dunn, Eva Lindström, Ger Reesink, Angela Terrill, Heather Norton, Laura Scheinfeldt, Françoise R. Friedlaender, D. Andrew Merriwether, George Koki, and Jonathan S. Friedlaender

PART III Regional Studies and Conclusion

11 Viral Phylogeny and Human Migration in the Southwest Pacific

Jill Czarnecki, Jonathan S. Friedlaender, and Gerald Stoner

14 Immunoglobulin Allotypes as a Marker of Population History in the Southwest Pacific

Moses S. Schanfield, Frank B. Austin, Peter B. Booth, D. Carlton Gajdusek, Richard W. Hornabrook, Keith P. W. McAdams, Jan J. Saave, Susan W. Serjeantson, and Graeme W. Woodfield

16 Conclusion

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