Polynesian DNA in Brazil

DNA Study reveals connection between Brazil and Polynesia. Well, how?

(Read the article on one page)

Current scientific thought proposes that it was about 15,000 to 20,000 years ago that humans first migrated to America, probably through a land connection that existed back then. However details of how this happened and when is unknown.

New genetic research has been conducted by Sergio Pena, a molecular geneticist of the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, on human skulls of indigenous Brazilians of the eighteenth century AD. This Brazilian group, the Botocudo people, had skulls that were a combination of Paleoamericans and that of an Asian population.

Out of the twelve skulls that were examined, two of them have shown DNA sequences found in Polynesians. Those results make this discovery important because it cannot be explained how this could happen. There is no known way that Polynesians could have arrived to South America an interbred with natives. Or did they have some kind of transportation that is still to be discovered? Further research needs to be done to get definite answers. Until then it will remain a mystery.

Such findings reveal more and more pieces of the puzzle leading towards the theory that more advanced civilizations may have existed in that past that we are yet to find.

You can read more here.


Didn't Thor Heyerdahl make the point of the possibility of sea navigation across the Pacific
in Kon-Tiki, back in 1947?

How odd that despite proof to the contrary, the article maintains it was impossible for Polynesians to reach the Americas, I have to wonder at the degree of research gone into these articles.

For your info, there were two sail types used in the Pacific by our ancestors.
The standard sail and the 'Net Sail'....used to catch ocean currents and towed along.....

This DNA connection between Brazil and Polynesia is easily explained. Polynesians have been travelling the Pacific ocean for 1000s of years. Our Sea faring technology is far superior to White men ships. Thats why Polynesia stretches from New Zealand to Hawaii. Our sea faring canoes were doing this trip on a reular basis. We own the Catamaran design. Thats the most stable and speedy vessel on the water. Our knowledge of the Ocean ( because we live there was years ahead of anything Europeans and other Land lubbers had knowledge of) There is a revival of our Sea Faring canoes happening right now. http://www.hokulea.com/ is the website following the two Polynesian Sea Faring Canoes (large catamarans) sailing around the world at this very moment. our culture is a Sea faring one and the scientists need to recognize we sailed from Polynesia to all points around the Pacific including America and Asia. Its not an unknown kind of transportation.

Register to become part of our active community, get updates, receive a monthly newsletter, and enjoy the benefits and rewards of our member point system OR just post your comment below as a Guest.

Top New Stories

Top image: Archaeologists looking at aerial photography found what they thought to be a hidden long barrow, or Neolithic burial chamber, hidden beneath a wheat field.
This summer, the University of Reading Archaeology Field School excavated one of the most extraordinary sites we have ever had the pleasure of investigating. The site is an Early Neolithic long barrow known as “Cat’s Brain” and is likely to date to around 3,800BC. It lies in the heart of the lush Vale of Pewsey in Wiltshire, UK, halfway between the iconic monuments of Stonehenge and Avebury.

Myths & Legends

Ancient Race of White Giants Described in Native Legends From Many Tribes
Several Native American tribes have passed down legends of a race of white giants who were wiped out. We’ll take a look at a few such legends, including those among the Choctaw and the Comanches of the United States down to the Manta of Peru.

Ancient Technology

The Norimitsu Odachi.
The Norimitsu Odachi is a huge sword from Japan. It is so large, in fact, that it was said to have been wielded by a giant. Apart from the basic knowledge of it having been forged in the 15th century AD, measuring 3.77 meters (12.37 ft.) in length, and weighing as much as 14.5 kg (31.97 lbs.), this impressive sword is shrouded in mystery.

Ancient Places

A photo of the interior of the Siebenberg House.
The Siebenberg House is a house / museum located in the Old City of Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter. The Siebenberg House is best-known for the archaeological finds that have been made beneath the present structure. The excavations under the house have revealed several archaeological layers, and allow one to obtain a glimpse of the city’s history.

Our Mission

At Ancient Origins, we believe that one of the most important fields of knowledge we can pursue as human beings is our beginnings. And while some people may seem content with the story as it stands, our view is that there exists countless mysteries, scientific anomalies and surprising artifacts that have yet to be discovered and explained.

The goal of Ancient Origins is to highlight recent archaeological discoveries, peer-reviewed academic research and evidence, as well as offering alternative viewpoints and explanations of science, archaeology, mythology, religion and history around the globe.

We’re the only Pop Archaeology site combining scientific research with out-of-the-box perspectives.

By bringing together top experts and authors, this archaeology website explores lost civilizations, examines sacred writings, tours ancient places, investigates ancient discoveries and questions mysterious happenings. Our open community is dedicated to digging into the origins of our species on planet earth, and question wherever the discoveries might take us. We seek to retell the story of our beginnings. 

Ancient Image Galleries

View from the Castle Gate (Burgtor). (Public Domain)
Door surrounded by roots of Tetrameles nudiflora in the Khmer temple of Ta Phrom, Angkor temple complex, located today in Cambodia. (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Cable car in the Xihai (West Sea) Grand Canyon (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Next article