Genetics Indicate Chamorros Originated In Philippines, Indonesia

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Study: 92% of Chamorros in Guam, Rota, Saipan have distinct markers

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Jan. 25, 2016) – A molecular anthropologist has reported findings that the ancient Chamorro people are likely to have originated from the Philippines and Indonesia.

The manager of the National Geographic Society's Genographic Project Miguel Vilar says the conclusion is based on DNA samples from 122 Chamorros from Guam, Rota and Saipan.

The results reveal that 92 percent of Chamorros belong to a genetic group known as haplogroup E, which is found in both the Philippines and Indonesia but is rare in Oceania.

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