It will also feature drawings by the Polynesian high priest and navigator Tupaia
, who accompanied Cook from Tahiti to New Zealand and Australia.
The tree shrew, Tupaia
belangeri, which belongs to the Tupaiidae of Scandentia and is found primarily in China, Vietnam and Burma, attracted the attention of biomedical researchers when it was initially thought to be the only non-primate that could be infected by hepatitis virus.
Joined by a Tahitian volunteer named Tupaia
, they sailed first through the neighboring islands, including Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, and Rurutu, before reaching New Zealand in October 1769.
Nucleotide 211 in humans is a C (Gln71), an A (Lys71) in Tupaia
belangeri but a G (Glu71 or Asp71) in the other 29 mammals [Figure 1].
44) James Cook and Joseph Banks collected the information given by Tupaia
in order to make what is known as the 'Chart of Tupaia
On the other hand, only chimpanzee and tupaia
can be infected naturally by HBV, providing insufficient animal models for its study.
, an aristocratic Tahitian navigator and priest, travelled with James Cook to Australia and New Zealand.
Even though the regional connection of tapa in the Tupaia
painting underpins this work, Somerville reinforces the lines of cultural connection with analyses of works by several Maori writers.
It was this phenomenon that led to Captain James Cook's first voyage to Tahiti in 1767, and his subsequent orders to explore that took him to Aotearoa/New Zealand, and to some of the first contacts and creative exchange and partnership between Europeans and Maori, mediated by the Tahitian Tupaia
This encounter is depicted in a painting by Tupaia
, Cook's interpreter and guide, and is noted in the book as an 'extraordinary scene in which evidence supporting generations-old-claims' of Maori migration, navigation, and origins from Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa had suddenly 'materialized before them' (p.
had known the English before Cook and had acted as a go-between.
We do not get much help from the name 'Olimaroa'; it is not on the map now, and it is not in the list of names of islands which Cook got from Tupaia