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    Re: Proof of interaction between Polynesia and South America
    From: Lu Abel
    Date: 2007 Jun 06, 07:40 -0700

    PF . wrote:
    > ABOUT HOW A PRE-COLUMBIAN CHOOK PROVIDES COMPELLING EVIDENCE OF
    > POLYNESIAN NAVIGATIONAL PROWESS, WHICH LEAD TO INTERACTION WITH SOUTH
    > AMERICA
    
    Fascinating, but I wonder if there are Alternatives to some of the
    conclusions.  For example, might it be possible that these Polynesians
    were simply blown to South America by a storm rather than deliberately
    voyaging there?   Given that the Polynesians reached Hawaii and the
    coast of North America is much farther west than the coast of South
    America, why is there no evidence of Polynesian activity in North America?
    
    Also, about 5~10 years ago there was a similar discovery, but this time
    it was pre-Columbian pottery shards that were of distinctly Japanese
    origin.   After the initial publicity, little has been said about that
    discovery.
    
    Not trying to put down what may be an important and fascinating
    discovery, just wondering about how far it is reasonable to extrapolate
    from a single chicken bone....
    
    Lu Abel
    
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