• 1 Animal Science Division, ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair, India
  • 2 Animal Biotechnology Centre, National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, India
  • 3 Department of Veterinary Pathology, West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences, Kolkata, India
  • 4 Department of Animal Genetics and Breeding, ICAR-National Research Centre on Pig, Guwahati, India
Anim Biotechnol, 2023 Apr;34(2):156-165.
PMID: 34310265 DOI: 10.1080/10495398.2021.1950742


Nicobari pig is reared by Nicobarese, a native tribal population of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Nicobari pig has maintained its genetic identity due to geographical isolation. This communication is the first report on maternal inheritance of Nicobari pigs. DNA polymorphism data showed seven haplotypes. D-loop sequence information and mitogenome analysis were able to earmark Nicobari pigs to Asian clade. The domestication process of pigs and its expansion pattern help to understand human migration pattern. Based on this hypothesis, this communication elucidates the probable origin of Nicobarese. Earlier studies indicated that Nicobarese had genetic affinities to races distributed in China, Malaysia and Thailand. Our data on maternal inheritance of Nicobari pig correlates with the data on migration of Nicobarese. Moreover, we could establish a novel connection of Nicobarese with people of Northeastern parts of India, Philippines and Vietnam through phylogenetic signal and geographical provenance of Nicobari pig. We further concluded that migration of Nicobarese happened during Western route of migration (WRM) ∼4000 years before present. Therefore, we propose one wave hypothesis of peopling of Nicobar based on our study and existence of Ausrtroasiatic language, Mon-Khmer in these islands.

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