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Polynesian ancestors 3,000 years ago were hunter-gatherers rather than farmers

6,000 Generations

The transition from hunters to farmers did not happen overnight and did not happen at the same time around the world. Probably we were foragers and scavengers before we were hunters but we have never stopped foraging. Quite possibly some were growing plants and vegetables while still mainly hunting and long before tending crops became the fashion. Farming communities would still have augmented their diet by hunting. So to learn that 3,000 years ago some communities were still primarily foragers and hunter-gatherers rather than farmers is not so surprising. And there is little doubt that the settled life-style of farmers would have been less conducive to the colonisation of a series of islands than a more nomadic, beach-combing life-style!

A new paper in PLOS ONE considers the ancestors of the Polynesians- the Lapita.

Region where Lapita pottery has been found

Rebecca Kinaston, Hallie Buckley, Frederique Valentin, Stuart Bedford, Matthew…

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