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Migration in Anthropological Genetics

Alan G. Fix

in Rethinking Anthropological Perspectives on Migration

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036076
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041780 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813036076.003.0013
Migration in Anthropological Genetics

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Migration and its consequence, gene flow, have been a major force affecting the frequency, spatial pattern, and spread of genes in human populations. Methodologies to document or infer local and regional movement include such ethnographic techniques as migration histories and genealogies, and ethnohistory. Anthropological geneticists also attempt to infer larger scale movement in past times by using both “classical” and molecular gene distributions. Inference based on genetic markers, however, often is contentious since alternative explanations are hard to exclude. This chapter employs an extended case study of a population, the Semai Senoi of Peninsular Malaysia, to examine and evaluate migration from the recent and local to the long-term in the Southeast Asian region.

Keywords: Orang Asli; Southeast Asia; gene flow; genetic markers; dendrograms; population history

Chapter.  4795 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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