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Human migration in Oceania recreated through paper mulberry genetics: Humans carried the plant, used to make barkcloth, as they colonized new islands across Oceania

Human migration in Oceania recreated through paper mulberry genetics: Humans carried the plant, used to make barkcloth, as they colonized new islands across Oceania

The migration and interaction routes of prehistoric humans throughout the islands of Oceania can be retraced using genetic differences between paper mulberry plants, a tree native to Asia cultivated for fibers to make paper and introduced into the Pacific in prehistoric times to make barkcloth.

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