- Jun 2014
- Lisbon, Portugal
Not quite. Austronesians and Melanesians are as related to the AASI (Ancient Ancestral South Asians) as modern East Asians are.From what I remember, Austronesians or Melanesian people were indigenous to South Asia and later were driven out or absorbed by invading groups, the Dravidians are more native than Indo-Aryans but there is the Elamo-Dravidian theory that claims Dravidians descend from Elamites, it is quite interesting that the Brahui people of Pakistan are also Dravidian yet don't look or sound South Indian and are genetically the same as other Baloch, perhaps that could explain a link between Elamites and Dravidians.
The hypothesized AASI population represents the indigenous and first modern human inhabitants in South Asia, and also one of the fist Out-of-Africa populations to settle definitively in a large Eurasian landmass. That population occupies a basal position in which some of them migrated further east later on and split off to make rise to the modern Australasian and modern East Asian populations.