Easter Island Ancient DNA Shoots Down One Rapanui Theory

Thanks to its geography, the southeastern Pacific island of Rapa Nui — also known as Easter Island — has been in the center of a long-running debate about how early people may have sailed back and forth across the planet’s biggest ocean. One theory suggested that, long before Europeans arrived, the island was a meeting point for Polynesians and Native Americans.

Spoiler alert: a new study of ancient DNA from early residents of Rapa Nui says otherwise.

Easter Island, known for its moa

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