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Easter Island history and retarded audio technology – RadioLIVE

Laura Goodall posted in on November 5th, 2014.

Graeme Hill’s Weekend Variety Wireless on RadioLIVE is no stranger to science, often featuring extended interviews with fascinating researchers. Here are just a couple of examples. Easter Island history: Graeme Hill talks to Dr Lisa Matisoo-Smith, Professor of Biological Anthropology at the University Of Otago and Principal Investigator at the Allan Wilson Centre, about the […]

Climate and canoe offer colonisation clues

John Kerr posted in on September 30th, 2014.

Two new studies from Australian and New Zealand authors have shed light on the travels of the first Polynesian settlers of New Zealand. Computer modelling of historical wind patterns, published in PNAS, suggest that the prevailing Pacific winds in during 1100-1300 AD would have been very favourable to Polynesian settlers travelling to Easter Island and […]

DNA reveals diversity among first New Zealanders

John Kerr posted in on October 23rd, 2012.

University of Otago researchers have sequenced the mitochondrial DNA from several human samples extracted from the Wairau Bar burial site in the Northern South Island, shedding light on the ancestry of the first New Zealanders. The results from the sequencing of four human samples from the site, published in Proceeding of the National Academy of […]

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