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Prehistoric Easter Islanders Didn't Experience a Simple Collapse, Say Researcher

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« on: January 09, 2015, 09:49:08 pm »

The Rapa Nui are a Polynesian people who currently make up about 60% of Easter Island's current population. Their prehistoric ancestors are thought to have inhabited Easter Island between 300 and 1200 CE. Many scholars suggest that the Rapa Nui had early contact with South America by 1200 – 1300 CE based on the presence of the sweet potato and bottle gourd plants on the island. Jacob Roggeveen, an early 18th century Dutch explorer, was the first European to contact the Rapa Nui when he arrived on the island on April 5, 1722.

The study is published in detail in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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* Article #14-20712: “Variation in Rapa Nui (Easter Island) land use indicates production and population peaks prior to European contact,” by Christopher M. Stevenson et al.
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