369: The DNA Story of Polynesian Origins: Dr. Simon Southerton

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Geneticist Dr. Simon Southerton joins me to discuss the DNA Story of Polynesian Origins.

There have been numerous theories posited about the origins of Pasifika people. The Semitic Origin Theory; Thor Heyerdahl’s South American migration theory and the Mormon idea that Polynesians are descended from an ancient Israeilite prophet who fled Jerusalem with his family during the Babylonian captivity. However, advances in DNA science have put much of those theories to bed.

Australian plant geneticist, Dr. Simon Southerton explains the science of DNA and how this has been used to put all other Pasifika ancestry theories conclusively to bed.



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