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NEW YORK – The population of Vanuatu was shaped by the influx of three groups with differing ancestral backgrounds, a new genetic study has found.

Vanuatu is an archipelago of dozens of islands that stretches for more than 620 miles in the South Pacific Ocean, where it has formed a key link between the Solomon Islands and New Caledonia. Humans settled in the region beginning about 3,000 years ago.

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