‘Sea Nomads’ Are First Known Humans Genetically Adapted to Diving

Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care


The Bajau people of Southeast Asia are among the most accomplished divers in the world.

A study in the journal Cell offers the first clues that a DNA mutation for larger spleens gives the Bajau a genetic advantage for life in the deep…

Read Full Article; National Geographic (04-19-2018)

How Asia’s Super Divers Evolved for a Life At Sea; The Atlantic (04-20-2018)

Sea Nomads” May Have Evolved to Be the World’s Elite Divers; Scientific American (04-19-2018)
New genetic evidence suggests these indigenous Southeast Asians are singularly suited for underwater hunting…

The Last of The Sea Nomads; Guardian UK (11-20-2010)
For generations they have lived on the ocean, diving and fishing, and rarely setting foot on land. But now the marine nomads risk destroying the reefs that sustain them. It’s a common story throughout the Coral Triangle…

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