Skip to comments.Polynesians, Native Americans made contact before European arrival, genetic study finds
Posted on 07/08/2020 9:31:46 AM PDT by rdl6989
Through deep genetic analyses, Stanford Medicine scientists and their collaborators have found conclusive scientific evidence of contact between ancient Polynesians and Native Americans from the region that is now Colombiasomething that's been hotly contested in the historic and archaeological world for decades.
Before the study brought scientific evidence to the debate, the idea that Native Americans and Polynesians had crossed paths originated from a complexboth in its structure and originscarbohydrate: the sweet potato. It turns out the sweet potato, which was originally domesticated in South and Central America, has also been known to grow in one other place prior to European contact. That place is known as Oceania, which consists of many islands, including Polynesia.
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If it’s in their DNA, then there was more than just ‘contact’.....................
You’re reading my mind.
Amazing coincidence that I just watched an old Arthur C. Clarke episode of his series debunking weird science stories recently. They set up a bunch of guys to roll Easter Island statue size weights on wooden log rollers and pull them.
They had found evidence that sweet potatoes were originally used underneath to provide a slippery surface. But there weren’t any grown locally and the TV series guys had to buy hundreds of pounds of regular potatoes. The system worked.
Sons of Ham.
I enjoyed the book Kon Tiki, an adventure story about traveling from South America to Polynesia. Maybe the 1950s science was backwards in terms of who went where but the idea was really interesting. And the adventures on the raft were interesting ,too.
They were delicious.
...have found conclusive scientific evidence of contact between ancient Polynesians and Native Americans from the region that is now Colombia... the sweet potato. It turns out the sweet potato, which was originally domesticated in South and Central America, has also been known to grow in one other place prior to European contact. That place is known as Oceania, which consists of many islands, including Polynesia.
the vikings had dealings with the native americans.. and they decided not to return to plunder...
haven’t we always been at war with oceana?
Given the ocean currents Polynesians from Easter Island could have taken the current across the Pacific to the Chilean coast and went up north. The distance is over 1,150 miles to South America.
There is evidence of contact between oceanders and the natives in the Northwest Portion of the United States, notably Washington state and Oregon area. More than likely it too was polynesian as well. This contact was long before the Lewis and Clark cross country trek.
There are no short distances in Polynesia.
I read that book too and maybe he wasn’t wrong.
“”We found identical-by-descent segments of Native American ancestry across several Polynesian islands,” Ioannidis said. “It was conclusive evidence that there was a single shared contact event.” In other words, Polynesians and Native Americans met at one point in history, and during that time people from the two cultures produced children with both Native American and Polynesian DNA. Statistical analyses confirmed the event occurred in the Middle Ages, around A.D. 1200, which is “around the time that these islands were originally being settled by native Polynesians,” Ioannidis said. Using computational methods developed as part of Ioannidis’ graduate work, the team then localized the source of the Native American DNA to modern-day Colombia.”
So Thor Hyderdol was half right ?