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Friday, September 02, 2005

What Happened on Easter Island?

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A population scientist has developed a mathematical model that, he maintains, will shed new light on why the society on mysterious Easter Island collapsed. Thus far, the model's application largely explains the nature of the archaeological evidence. Plans are to use the model to analyze and help explain the collapse of the Mayan and Viking populations, as well. Easter Island, located approximately 2,000 miles off the coast of Chile, harbored a relatively advanced society of 10,000 people from 1200 to 1500 A.D. When visited by European explorers in the 18th century, there was little left of the once thriving society. The island is best known for its mysterious monumental stone statues of "Tiki gods" (see above photo). Read the Story


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