Easter Islanders Met Up With Native Americans Earlier Than Thought

October 24, 2014 3:19 PM

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Easter Islanders, living on a remote spot of land in the middle of the Pacific, were not loners at all, and in fact met up with Native Americans earlier than scientists thought, according to new research.

A genetic study, published in the journal Current Biology, reveals that these ancient people had significant contact with Native American populations hundreds of years before the first Westerners reached the island in 1722. What's more, the ancient Polynesian people who populated Easter Island, or R...

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