Debate Over Puzzling Demise Of Easter Island Population May Finally Be Over

January 10, 2015 12:53 PM

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What really happened to the native Polynesians who once lived on Easter Island?

But new research suggests another possibility: that harsh environmental conditions on the island--from variations in rainfall to declining soil quality--caused a decline, but not a collapse, in the native population before the Europeans arrived in 1722, Live Science reported.

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