Genome Reveals Ancient People from Easter Island Sailed Nearly 2500 Miles to the Americas

October 27, 2014 10:37 AM

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Scientists have taken a closer look at the people of Easter Island and have found that they may have made their way from their home to the Americas long before the Dutch commander Jakob Roggeveen arrived with his ships in 1722. The findings reveal a bit more about the past history of these ancient peoples.

In this case, the scientists turned to genomic data. They conducted a genome-wide analysis of 27 native Rapanui, the people that inhabited the Easter Island. In the end, the researchers found that there was significant contact between these island people and Native Americans approximately around 130...

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