Questions? AskAuckland

Other items of interest

Two interviews with Lisa Matisoo-Smith

- from National Geographic

- The University of Auckland's Inquiring Minds series

Maori origins and arrivals from Te Ara The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Talking Past Each Other: Genetic Testing and Indigenous Populations from Action BioScience

The Genographic Project

Applications of DNA - working out migration paths from DNAi (Choose Human Origins, then Migrations)

SahulTime - a visual, interactive representation of the Earth's history, showing how coastlines change

Links to your school programme

This seminar links to the following NCEA Level 3 Achievement Standards:

  • AS 90714 Biology 3.2 Research a contemporary biological issue
  • AS 90715 Biology 3.3 Describe the role of DNA in relation to gene expression
  • AS 90718 Biology 3.6 Describe applications of biotechnological techniques
  • AS 90719 Biology 3.7 Describe trends in human evolution

Scientific Papers available online

Friedlaender, J. S., Friedlaender, F. R., Hodgson, J. A., Stoltz, M., Koki, G., Horvat, G., et al. (2007). Melanesian mtDNA complexity. PLoS One, 2(2),

Matisoo-Smith, E., & Robins, J. H. (2004). Origins and dispersals of Pacific peoples: Evidence from mtDNA phylogenies of the Pacific rat. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 101(24), 9167-9172.

Storey, A. A., Ramirez, J. M., Quiroz, D., Burley, D. V., Addison, D. J., Walter, R., et al. (2007). Radiocarbon and DNA evidence for a pre-Columbian introduction of Polynesian chickens to Chile. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 104(25), 10335-10339.