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Dermatoglyphics of Native Polynesians in the Cook Islands, and their Biological Positioning among South Pacific Populations

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Abstract

Finger and palm prints were collected during two successive field surveys, in 1985 and 1986 respectively, in the Cook Islands, Polynesia. The surveys collected various kinds of data (osteological, somatological, odontological and serological) with the aim of identifying the physical characteristics, evaluating their population affinities with neighboring South Pacific island groups, and drawing inferences about the migratory history of Polynesians around the Cook Islands. In addition to these investigations, linguistic, genealogical, demographic and epidemiological studies have been in progress on the islands. Several specialty papers have already appeared (Katayama 1986, 1987, 1988a, 1988b, 1989; Hiraiwa 1987; Katayama, Tagaya, Yamada, & Kawamoto 1988; Tagaya & Katayama 1988; Yamada, Kawamoto, Sakai, & Katayama 1988) and an official report of this multi-disciplinary study (Katayama & Tagaya 1988) has been published.

Keywords

Island Group Fingerprint Pattern Cook Island Biological Affinity Radial Loop 
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