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The Comoros Show the Earliest Austronesian Gene Flow into the Swahili Corridor

Nicolas Brucato, Veronica Fernandes, Stéphane Mazières, Pradiptajati Kusuma, Murray P Cox, Joseph Wainaina Ng’ang’a, Mohammed Omar, Marie-Claude Simeone-Senelle, Coralie Frassati, Farida Alshamali, Bertrand Fin, Anne Boland, Jean-Francois Deleuze, Mark Stoneking, Karl Adelaar, Alison Crowther, Nicole Boivin, Luisa Pereira, Pascal Bailly, Jacques Chiaroni Show all

American Journal of Human Genetics | Elsevier (Cell Press) | Published : 2018

Abstract

At the dawn of the second millennium, the expansion of the Indian Ocean trading network aligned with the emergence of an outward-oriented community along the East African coast to create a cosmopolitan cultural and trading zone known as the Swahili Corridor. On the basis of analyses of new genome-wide genotyping data and uniparental data in 276 individuals from coastal Kenya and the Comoros islands, along with large-scale genetic datasets from the Indian Ocean rim, we reconstruct historical population dynamics to show that the Swahili Corridor is largely an eastern Bantu genetic continuum. Limited gene flows from the Middle East can be seen in Swahili and Comorian populations at dates corres..

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