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Ancient Asian Crops Solve Madagascar Mystery

How did ancient people from Southeast Asia end up 6,000 kilometers away, on islands off the coast of Africa? There is no question that they colonized the area over a thousand years ago. Linguistic and genetic research has confirmed that inhabitants of Madagascar speak a language unique to Southeast Asia and share close ancestry with Malaysians and Polynesians. But until now, there has been no archeological evidence that the island's early settlers were voyagers from across the...

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