Paternal European Ancestry in French Polynesia Detected by Y-Chromosome Haplotypes
Abstract

Y-chromosome-specific polymorphisms p49f-a/TaqI were studied in a sample of 68 French Polynesians, and five haplotypes were observed. Three of them were haplotypes characteristic of European ancestry. The mean haplotype (45.6%) in French Polynesia is haplotype XV, a typical western European haplotype. Such an elevated frequency of European haplotypes is due to male gene flow from Europeans in French Polynesia.