High pattern intensity indices and ridge counts from the Milne bay district of Papua-New Guinea and their bearing on the origin of the Australian Aborigines Academic Article uri icon


  • A population sample from the Milne Bay district of Papua-New Guinea was found to have extremely high pattern intensity indices and total ridge-counts. These fell into the range of certain Australian Aboriginal tribes, and so argue for a possible connection between this region of Melanesia and the Australian Aborigines, although equally strong connections with other regions of Melanesia are known.

publication date

  • January 1, 1975