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High-precision radiocarbon dating shows recent and rapid initial human colonization of East Polynesia

Wilmshurst, Janet M; Hunt, Terry L; Lipo, Carl P; Anderson, Atholl


The 15 archipelagos of East Polynesia, including New Zealand, Hawaii, and Rapa Nui, were the last habitable places on earth colonized by prehistoric humans. The timing and pattern of this colonization event has been poorly resolved, with chronologies varying by >1000 y, precluding understanding of cultural change and ecological impacts on these pristine ecosystems. In a metaanalysis of 1,434 radiocarbon dates from the region, reliable short-lived samples reveal that the colonization of East...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1015876108


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