This pattern coincides with the known trade routes of Austronesian sailors. Additionally, a genetically distinct subpopulation of coconut on the Pacific coast of Latin America has undergone a genetic bottleneck resulting from a founder effect;[citation needed] however, its ancestral population is the Pacific coconut. This, together with their use of the South American sweet potato, suggests that Austronesian peoples may have sailed as far east as the Americas.
[citation needed] However, admixture, the transfer of genetic material, evidently occurred between the two populations.
However, this should not be extrapolated to claims that one ocean's subgenera possibly could have floated to interbreed with the other.[citation needed] However, the locations of the admixture events are limited to Madagascar and coastal east Africa, and exclude the Seychelles.
This provides substantial circumstantial evidence that deliberate voyagers were involved in carrying coconuts across the Pacific Ocean (possibly the Austronesian peoples) and that they could not have dispersed worldwide without human agency. More recently, genomic analysis of cultivated coconut (C. nucifera L.) has shed light on the movement. By examining 10 microsatellite loci, researchers found two genetically distinct subpopulations of coconut—one originating in the Indian Ocean, the other in the Pacific Ocean.


Given that coconuts are ideally suited for inter-island group ocean dispersal, obviously some natural distribution did take place.

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