25 Aug 2016

Pitcairn DNA hunt underway

From , 4:04 am on 25 August 2016

DNA experts are to investigate a collection of 18th-century pigtails believed to be from the Bounty mutineers who settled Pitcairn Island in the late 1700s.

Scientists hope to be able to extract DNA from the hair and match it to living descendants of the crewmen.

While the news has caused a bit of a stir among those living on the remote Pacific island, Pitcairners are even more excited about work underway to solve a much bigger mystery.

Sally Round reports.