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Polynesians, Native Americans made contact before European arrival, genetic study finds
phys.org ^ | July 8, 2020 | Stanford University Medical Center

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 Colombia—something that's been hotly contested in the historic and archaeological world for decades.

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Before the study brought scientific evidence to the debate, the idea that Native Americans and Polynesians had crossed paths originated from a complex—both in its structure and origins—carbohydrate: 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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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: agriculture; ancientnavigation; centralamerica; colombia; columbia; dietandcuisine; godsgravesglyphs; navigation; oceania; polynesians; prehistory; southamerica; sweetpotato; thorheyerdahl; trade; travel
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1 posted on 07/08/2020 9:31:46 AM PDT by rdl6989
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping.


2 posted on 07/08/2020 9:32:11 AM PDT by rdl6989
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If it’s in their DNA, then there was more than just ‘contact’.....................


3 posted on 07/08/2020 9:34:31 AM PDT by Red Badger (To a liberal, 9-11 was 'illegal fireworks activity'..........................)
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To: Red Badger

You’re reading my mind.


4 posted on 07/08/2020 9:35:16 AM PDT by rdl6989
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“sweet potato”

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.


5 posted on 07/08/2020 9:38:06 AM PDT by frank ballenger (End vote fraud,harvesting,non-citizen voting & leftist media news censorship or we are finished.)
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To: Red Badger

Sons of Ham.


6 posted on 07/08/2020 9:38:24 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: rdl6989

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.


7 posted on 07/08/2020 9:38:50 AM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: rdl6989

They were delicious.


8 posted on 07/08/2020 9:40:11 AM PDT by Crim (Palin / West '16)
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To: rdl6989; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1ofmanyfree; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...
...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.
Thanks rdl6989!

9 posted on 07/08/2020 9:42:25 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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Posted 17 years ago:

'First Americans Were Australian'

10 posted on 07/08/2020 9:43:57 AM PDT by blam
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the vikings had dealings with the native americans.. and they decided not to return to plunder...


11 posted on 07/08/2020 9:44:07 AM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world)
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To: rdl6989

haven’t we always been at war with oceana?


12 posted on 07/08/2020 9:44:54 AM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world)
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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.


13 posted on 07/08/2020 9:45:34 AM PDT by C19fan
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http://www.google.com/search?q=kon-tiki&tbm=vid


14 posted on 07/08/2020 9:46:51 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: blam

Thanks!


15 posted on 07/08/2020 9:47:54 AM PDT by rdl6989
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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.


16 posted on 07/08/2020 9:49:45 AM PDT by zaxtres
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The distance is over 1,150 miles to South America.

There are no short distances in Polynesia.

17 posted on 07/08/2020 9:51:50 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (In 2016 Obama ended America's 220 year tradition of peaceful transfer of power after an election.)
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To: rdl6989
Chicken DNA Challenges Theory That Polynesians Beat Europeans To Americas
18 posted on 07/08/2020 9:52:17 AM PDT by blam
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To: married21

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.”


19 posted on 07/08/2020 9:52:25 AM PDT by Varda
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To: rdl6989

So Thor Hyderdol was half right ?


20 posted on 07/08/2020 9:56:17 AM PDT by 11th_VA (May you live in interesting times - Ancient Chinese Proverb)
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