Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Pitcairn Island

Island in Polynesia, a natural laboratory for the founder effect in humans. In 1789 the crew of the HMAV Bounty mutinied, and the mutineers together with some Tahitians colonized the island. Pitcairn Island is of interest to human biologists because of the founder effect that resulted from this documented event. There were 61 people living on the island in 1991.

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