SCIENTIST SAYS SHE HAS PROOF PACIFIC ISLANDERS ORIGINATED IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

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CAMBRIDGE, England (January 11, 1998 - Radio Australia)--- British scientist Dr. Erika Hagelberg claims she has disproved once and for all the theory that the South Pacific was first settled by people from South America.

The Cambridge University researcher says D-N-A analysis of human remains shows the original settlers of the Pacific came from Southeast Asia.

Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl journeyed by raft from South America to the Pacific in 1947 to prove that early humans could have used the trade winds to sail from Peru to Easter Island. But Dr. Hagelberg says after completing an eight-year study of D-N-A from human remains in Melanesia and Polynesia she has no doubt the Pacific was first settled by people of Southeast Asian origin.

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