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Genetic Study Maps When and How Polynesians Settled the Pacific Islands

• arclein

Gazing across the sea for days on end Polynesian navigators often didn't look for land, which was hundreds of miles away in any direction. Instead, they watched the stars, clouds, birds, waves and other features of the environment from their open canoes, using them to navigate from one unseen island to the next, repeatedly finding green specks of land in a blue sea that covers one-third of the planet. Eventually these great explorers populated the habitable islands of the vast Pacific and left future generations to wonder exactly how it happened.