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Subject: Re: Fw: Sources
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2010 14:52:39 EST
The peopling of Easter Island shows that groups of people including at
least one woman did travel enormous distances over the open Ocean. Easter
Island is quite a large distance from any other place. So the idea of coast
hugging doesn't explain the peopling of all places.
It's possible that Easter Island was not colonized until a more modern
time. But it does show that the Bering area did not need to be land in order
for people to cross. It's interesting to think of all those people just
floating around willy nilly, living off the fish they catch off the side of their
rafts, like bottles floating. How many never made it anywhere and just
disappeared in a big storm. Odd.