Abstract

Analyses of mitochondrial DNA variation in archaeological samples of Rattus exulans obtained during the 1997 excavations at Emily Bay, Norfolk Island suggest a high degree of variation in the prehistoric populations on the island. The ten samples sequenced produced five unique haplotypes. This result is consistent with a scenario of multiple introductions of the species to the island. There are clear affiliations with East Polynesian and New Zealand samples, however other lineages also appear to be present on Norfolk Island. Three haplotypes that had previously not been identified in tropical East Polynesia appear on Norfolk. One of these has also been identified in an archaeological sample from New Zealand. The other two haplotypes have yet to be identified elsewhere.

 
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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
Matisoo-Smith et al., 2001, Rec. Aust. Mus., Suppl. 27: 81–84
Author
Elizabeth Matisoo-Smith; K. Ann Horsburgh; Judith H. Robins; Atholl Anderson
Year
2001
Title
Genetic variation in archaeological Rattus exulans remains from the Emily Bay settlement site, Norfolk Island
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement
Volume
27
Start Page
81
End Page
84
DOI
10.3853/j.0812-7387.27.2001.1342
Language
English
Date Published
28 November 2001
Cover Date
28 November 2001
ISBN
ISBN 0-7347-2305-9
ISSN
0812-7387
CODEN
RAMSEZ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
ARCHAEOLOGY; NORFOLK ISLAND; MAMMALIA: RODENTIA
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28 November 2001
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28 November 2001
Reference Number
1342
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