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    Re: Navigational reinvention
    From: Jared Sherman
    Date: 2004 Nov 26, 13:57 -0500

     I don't see why a crossing of 20+ miles should amaze anyone, even in
    600KBC. Someone gets washed out to sea by a flood, grabs a log, floats in
    terror for 36 hours and swims ashore. If one of the opposite sex has the
    same adventure within the decade...there's a colony.
    Applies for humans, proto-humans, critters as well.
    There are massive floods in the Gulf of Mexico coasts of many Latin American
    nations, people are washed out to see by the hundreds over the years. Heck,
    our own USCG even picked up a fisherman in an inner tube, still fishing,
    10-12 miles offshore here some years ago. (They asked him why he was still
    fishing, and he gave them a nasty look and asked "What ELSE could I do?")
    Boats? Sure, there have been peoples *expelled* or simply off course since
    people knew how to float on logs. Twenty miles just doesn't seem like a real
    barrier to me.

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