Easter Island mystery solved ... by tooth plaque

December 16, 2014 3:12 PM

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Easter Island mystery solved ... by tooth plaque

Some of the massive Moai statues on Easter Island, Earth's most remote inhabited land, a South Pacific speck of volcanic rock so isolated the locals call it "The Navel of the World." (AP Photo/Explora en Rapa Nui)

Scientists have been pondering why people who lived on Easter Island (or Rapa Nui) appear to have eaten palm trees—a primary crop, reports Nature World News—for several centuries when other research suggests the plant went extinct right around the time of colonization in the 13th century.

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