Tuesday, August 05, 2008

More Proof of Polynesian Contact With the Americas

Tahitian Vanilla is a plant found only in Tahiti. But now geneticists have traced its origins to Central America. See http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/34243/title/Tracing_Tahitian_vanilla

This is only the latest in a number of recent discoveries

see http://porkupineblog.blogspot.com/2007/06/polynesians-beat-europeans-to-america.html

and http://porkupineblog.blogspot.com/2005/07/polynesians-in-california.html


Blogger mollymew said...

There are a number of such "coincidences" on record. There is,however, a problem with them. The south Pacific islands (and Hawaii) are rather recent "volcanic creations". They have all been "colonized" by drift from the Americas. I see no reason why such drift couldn't operate in the opposite direction, especially in the south Pacific. The Galapagos, which I believe are a considerable distance from S.A., were so colonized. What none of the examples I have seen say is that there had to be HUMAN INTERVENTION for such spread of species. To my mind ocean currents are a sufficient explanation. But I am still open to the suggestion, even though I think it lacks evidence. In other words the question is still very much open.

8:42 PM  

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