"Let's whack them over the head and steal their women!"
This is all good, but how does it explain the fact that the language of the Maori is not particulalry related to either Melanesian or Taiwanese languages, but is a virtual clone of Tahahitian and very close to Hawaiian. Maori language is without a doubt Polynesian.
As are the Maori themselves. They are physically Polynesian, not Melanesian. Maoris look nothing whatever like Melanesians or Taiwanese.
I suspect that there has to be another explanation for these genetic findings. If a scientist comes up with findings that are obviously false, or that deny the reality of other observable facts, then that scientist really needs to go back and do some more work.
The Maori are indeed Polynesian. There has never been any doubt among the Polynesian people regarding this issue. Now there is an issue among Polynesians about Fiji. Half of my Polynesian family consider them Melanesian and the other half consider them Polynesian. Me? They aren't American. So? This American of Samoan heritage gives little care about such issues. Hehe!
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Did you catch the Yahoo science article this AM promising genetic prooof that the earliest people in America were Melanesian by way of Taiwan, Japan and around some 10,000 BCE? Fits nicely with this.
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It doesn't make sense that the women would abandon their men for Melanesians, unless there was a shortage of men. This might be explained if they came under constant attack during their journey...this would have thinned the herd of men out and forced the women to take non tribal mates or remain barren.
I wouldn't say the Melanesians were Negroids. I'm not sure but I think they, as well as the Aborigines of Australia, are cosnidered distinct from Negroids.
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