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Papuan people
Orang Papua
Children dressed up for sing-sing in Yengisa, Papua New Guinea
Regions with significant populations
 Papua New Guinea
 Indonesia: 2,693,630 (2010 census)[1]
(Western New Guinea and Maluku Islands)
 East Timor  United States: 6,000  Canada: 1,500  Australia: 2,000  Malaysia: 1,000  Singapore: 500
Related ethnic groups

Papuan people are the various indigenous peoples of New Guinea and neighbouring islands, speakers of the Papuan languages. They are often distinguished ethnically and linguistically from Austronesians, speakers of a language family introduced into New Guinea about 3,000 years ago.


A Papuan sailboat

In a 2005 study of ASPM gene variants, Mekel-Bobrov et al. found that the Papuan people have among the highest rate of the newly evolved ASPM haplogroup D, at 59.4% occurrence of the approximately 6,000-year-old allele.[2] While it is not yet known exactly what selective advantage is provided by this gene variant, the haplogroup D allele is thought to be positively selected in populations and to confer some substantial advantage that has caused its frequency to rapidly increase.

Main Y-DNA haplogroups of Papuan people are haplogroup K2b1 (Y-DNA) and Haplogroup C1b2a.[3]

Papuan ethnic groups[edit]

Indonesia territory[edit]

Papua New Guinea territory[edit]

Notable people[edit]

Data tables[edit]

Papuan (Papua New Guinea) Reference Population

     Eastern Asia      Southeast Asia & Oceania      Southern Asia
"This reference population is based on people native to the highlands and lowlands of Papua New Guinea. In addition to the Oceania/Southeast Asia component that defines this population and others in the Melanesian region, the small East Asian component was likely introduced over the past several thousand years by the seafaring Austronesians, who hailed from Southeast Asia. These were the ancestors of the Polynesians, who settled on the northern coast of New Guinea before heading out into the open waters of the Pacific."
Source: Geno 2.0 Next Generation (2018)[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kewarganegaraan, Suku Bangsa, Agama, Dan Bahasa Sehari-Hari Penduduk Indonesia". Badan Pusat Statistik. 2010. Retrieved 2017-07-18. 
  2. ^ "Ongoing Adaptive Evolution of ASPM, a Brain Size Determinant in Homo sapiens", Science, 9 September 2005: Vol. 309. no. 5741, pp. 1720–1722.
  3. ^ 崎谷満『DNA・考古・言語の学際研究が示す新・日本列島史』(勉誠出版 2009年)(in Japanese)
  4. ^ The Genographic Project. (2018). Reference Populations – Geno 2.0 Next Generation. March 11, 2018, archived web page at the Wayback Machine.

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