Jōmon and Yayoi: the dual genetic origins of the Japanese

The island nation of Japan has a long and rich history that includes periods of relative isolation from the rest of the world. With the start of the Heian period in 794 AD, a distinct and unique Japanese culture had risen. A clan-based society with a strong literary culture and a centralized government, Japan’s early…

The genetic origins of the Polynesians

The Polynesian voyagers were undoubtedly some of the greatest sailors and navigators the world has ever seen. Using star signs, trade winds, ocean currents and even signs of animals in order to detect land, they were able to traverse massive distances in a short amount of time. This article will go through the genetic profile…