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The Peopling of the Philippines: Molecular Variation among Human Populations in the Philippine Archipelago
The genetic variation within and between human populations has been a central issue in human molecular evolutionary studies. The study of human population differentiation among humans has been a key in understanding the origin of populations and the patterns of migration, and has proved useful in discriminating hypothesis on human evolutionary histories.
The Philippine archipelago lies in a migratory nexus between mainland Asia and Oceania, and are thought to have served as a link between these two Pacific Rim regions.
Home to some 80 million people, many groups in the Philippines share cultural affinities with both Polynesia and Asia. The pivotal location of the Philippines, as well as the geographical barriers inherent in a volcanic, island archipelago, has given rise to a stunning diversity in Philippine populations.
The project aims to provide an in-depth glimpse of the genetic relationships among peoples on the Philippine archipelago. The results will permit a better assessment of hypotheses regarding dispersals within Southeast and East Asia, as well as Asia and Oceania.
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