Phylogeographic analysis of the Bantu language expansion supports a rainforest route

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Vol/Iss. 119(32) National Academy of Sciences Published In Pages: e2112853119
By Koile, Ezequiel, Greenhill, Simon J. , Blasi, Damián E., Gray, Russell D.


How and when did Bantu populations expand through sub-Saharan Africa? Using phylogeographic analyses, the authors test four main hypotheses which aim to explain the route that the Bantu took as well as the date of expansion. The results suggest that Bantu populations migrated through the Central African rainforest around 4,400 years ago.


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
Cognate-coded basic vocabulary dataset from Grollemund et al.Other researchersA large dataset of cognate-coded basic vocabulary from 419 Bantu and related Bantoid languages.

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