Madagascar Colonized By 30 Indonesians 1,200 Years ago

BATAK CENTER FOR AFRICAN STUDIES -- Madagascar, the large island off the east coast of Africa known for its biodiversity, may have been colonized by as few as 30 women and a small group of men as recently as 1,200 years ago, according to a new study. Researchers found that inhabitants share genes with people in Indonesia, the archipelago 3,500 miles away.

The Madagascar colonization is one of the least understood episodes in human history, the authors wrote. Despite their proximity to Africa, the Madagascan people are racially, linguistically -- and now genetically -- closely related to Indonesians and Malays.


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