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The Peopling of Melanesia

Nature volume 100, pages 314315 (20 December 1917) | Download Citation



IN a new work on the anthropogeography of the Pacific,1 Mr. Churchill returns to the problems which he essayed to solve in his former works on “The Polynesian Wanderings” and “Easter Island” (cf. NATURE, August 10 and September 21, 1911, and August 14, 1913). In these he postulated a passage of the Polynesians through the Pacific in two streams, one passing to the north, the other to the south of Kew Guinea, and meeting in the Samoa-Tonga region, whence they dispersed to the far-eastern Pacific. The present work discusses the migration within and through the Melanesian region.

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