The POLYNESIAN FOUNDER EFFECT: Origin of the Polynesian people. Copyright 2005
Origin of the Polynesian people has always been a topic of great interest and debate to world scientists. In fact, millions of dollars is spent every year by top universities like Oxford and Cambridge,
Harvard, Stanford and many others in China, U.S.A and Europe,
seeking to trace the origins of the Polynesian people. They have studied
many populations in Asia, North and South America, Melanesia and Micronesia
and still today no exact match. Analysis of modern scientific data suggests that
Polynesians originated in Polynesia. They were
isolated from an ancient people called the Proto-Polynesians. The Proto-Polynesians
migrated coastally from ancient Europe through Asia into Melanesia and finally into isolated Polynesia,
Samoa-Tonga 2000-500BC. The migrant Proto-Polynesians were an ethnically mixed
Europoid-Mongoloid-Negroid ancient people. They flourished in island isolation
and genetically produced a unique oceanic entity called the ‘Polynesians.’
This article clarifies the genetic mechanisms which birthed the Polynesian entity into existence. The overall concept
is termed 'The Polynesian Founder Effect’ and the application of this natural process will further our understanding
upon a topic much debated by the scientific community.
A Scientific Perspective
The Hardy-Weinberg Principle of Population Genetics was not met by the Polynesian forebears as
they migrated through the ancient lands of South East Asia into the eastern lands, hence along their migration a new race
of people and a new culture developed in isolation around 2000BC in the Samoa-Tonga realm, Upolu and Savaii. The process which birthed the unique Polynesian entity is scientifically termed ‘Natural selection.’ To fully appreciate this process, we need to understand the Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium
Principle of Population Genetics. The Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium calls for the following to maintain stable population genetics:
(1) Large populations
(2) Random mating
(3) No genetic drifts
(4) No mutations
(5) No genetic migrations
(6) Equal mating opportunity among members.
When these conditions are met, genetics in a population retain stability
without developing of any new species.
Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium conditions were not met by the Polynesian forebears
as they migrated in small groups from their ancient lands into the realm of Polynesia, Upolu
and Savaii of Samoa-Tonga (Genetic migration and Genetic drifting) 2000-500BC.
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References: (1) Pacific Journals (2) Genetics 2002 (3) PNAS 2000 (4) Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium (5) World Encyclopedia
(6) Polynesian Cultural Center. Laie, Oahu Hawaii.
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