Migration and Genetic Infrastructure of the Central American Guaymi and Their Affinities With Other Tribal Groups
Barrantes Mesén, Ramiro
Smouse, Peter E.
Neel, James V.
Mohrenweiser, Harvey W.
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New genetic data on 40 red cell enzymes, antigenic blood groups, and serum proteins representing 42 separate loci, are reported for two Guaymi communities in Southeastern Costa Rica. These two settlements, Limoncito and Abrojo, are of recent origin, having been established by Panamanian migrants in the last 50 years. Detailed data on the provenance of these migrants permits an analysis of how these settlement patterns differ from those typical of less acculturated Amerindians from the lowlands of South America. The genetic compositions of these two communities are compared with those of previous Panamanian Guaymi samples, and several points are established: (1) One of the localities, Limoncito, contains families from both Guaymi dialect groups (eastern and western), and the allelic frequencies are intermediate between those of the dialect groups. (2) The other settlement, Abrojo, is quite similar to the western Guaymi, as expected from historical reconstruction of its antecedents. (3) In general, the degree of infratribal genetic diversity is less than that found in lowland South American tribes, and the difference may be due to a diffuse settlement pattern among the Guaymi. (4) The Guaymi are also compared genetically with other tribes in lower Central America and northern South America, and appear to be similar to their immediate Chibcha neighbors to the east and west. The implications of a pair of “private polymorphisms” are discussed in the context of the time of dialectic and tribal divergence in this zone.
Artículo científico -- Universidad de Costa Rica, Instituto de Investigaciones en Salud. 1982. Este documento es privado debido a limitaciones de derechos de autor.
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