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Music could be used to track human migration patterns over history, new research suggests.

That conclusion, described Tuesday (Nov. 12) in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, came from examining a genetic analysis of indigenous populations in Taiwan along with the people’s folk music. Populations with more similar folk music also tended to be more closely related, the researchers found.

Scientists propose that the Austronesian-speaking people who populate the Pacific, from Papua New Guinea to the Philippines to Hawaii, originally set sail from Taiwan between 10,000 and 6,000 years ago. To trace this migration, researchers have studied the genetics of pigs, coconuts and head lice, as well as archaeological remains and linguistics. Read more.

A human skeleton formally buried almost 8000 years ago on a small strategic island off China’s coast is creating excitement that it may represent a direct line to the world’s youngest race - New Zealand’s Maori and Polynesians.

Genetic evidence has long suggested Polynesians - including their youngest branch the Maori - derived from Taiwan’s aboriginal people.

Now the link may be made in the skeleton found on 400 square metre Liang Island, part of Taiwan controlled Matsu islands, within shelling range of China’s Fujian Province.

The skeleton was discovered by the Taiwanese military who were building a road on the unpopulated island.

Taiwan’s Council for Cultural Affairs says more scientific investigation is need after a local archaeological team exhumed the remains, believed to be 7900 years old. Read more.

Further scientific investigation is needed to determine the age of a skeleton recently found on Liang Island located some 200 miles west of Taiwan, according to the Council for Cultural Affairs April 2.

The CCA made the remarks after the remains, discovered by a local archaeological team, were believed to date back to as long as 7,900 years ago. The bones are thought to have belonged to a male, around 167 centimeters tall, who was between 30 and 35 years of age at the time of his death.

“We will send the remains to the U.S. and Germany for more professional accelerator mass spectrometry radiocarbon dating and DNA biochemistry analysis,” the CCA said, explaining that “to prevent damaging the remains, only the age of the specimens of shells nearby were identified using the carbon-14 dating method, hence, there is no direct evidence for which era the skeleton is from. Read more.

Taipei, (CNA) Taiwanese and Spanish researchers have been cooperating on an excavation project to find an “embryo city” built by the Spaniards in Taiwan nearly 400 years ago.

The excavation, co-funded by Taiwan’s National Science Council (NSC) and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), began in early October at Heping Island in the northeastern city of Keelung, where construction of a city named San Salvador began in 1626 during Spain’s 1626-1642 occupation of northern Taiwan.

At present, archeologists have dug six test pits in a parking lot belonging to Taiwan’s China Shipbuilding Corp. in their search for the remains of a Spanish convent that was once part of the city built to ensure Spain’s foothold in East Asia maritime trade. Read more.

A rising tide lifts all boats, but in a surprising twist, ascending sea levels launched a flotilla of rafts or canoes on voyages from China to Taiwan around 5,000 years ago, a new study suggests.

At a time when rice farming dominated in other regions, the inundation of the Fuzhou Basin in southeastern China starting about 9,000 years ago led to the creation of a maritime culture that eventually took to the seas, says a team led by archaeologist Barry Rolett of the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Read more.