Melanesia , Oceania


The original inhabitants of the group of islands now named Melanesia were likely the ancestors of the present-day Papuan-speaking people. These people are thought to have occupied New Guinea tens of millennia ago and reached the Pacific islands 35,000 years ago (according to radiocarbon dating). They appear to have occupied these islands as far east as the main islands in the Solomon Islands (including Makira and perhaps even the smaller islands farther to the east). More about Melanesia from Wikipedia

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