Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Polynesian derived chickens in South America

John Hawks and Razib have posts on this. Apparently, genetic analysis of buried chickens in Chile before European contact shows that they are closely related to Polynesian chickens. There's also a story in New York Times, and I guess the paper will be out in PNAS soon. I wonder if anyone has done an in depth analysis of genetic affinities between Native Americans in Chile and Polynesians (humans, that is). There are of course several ways to explain such a finding, and I'd be interested to see if the authors propose several possible interpretations. This story conjures up in my mind Chick-Fil-A nuggets covered in gooey Polynesian sauce.

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