New Zealand was colonized by 1000 years later than previously thought


04/06/2008

Worth Trevor (Trevor Worthy), a paleontologist at the University of Adelaide (University of Adelaide) and one of four members of an international team of scientists has helped find new evidence that New Zealand was discovered 1,000 years later than previously thought.

The researchers used the method of radiocarbon dating of the bones of the Pacific rat and local seeds Gnawed these rats to prove that humans arrived in New Zealand is not in the year 200 BC, and in the years 1280-1300 AD Results of the study questioned the data in 1996, claiming that people visited the country more than two thousand years ago.

According to scientists, there are no environmental or archaeological evidence for the presence of Pacific rat or humans until 1280-1300 years BC, and the accuracy of determining the age of the bones in the first study, rats in doubt.

As the Pacific rat can swim long distances, it is logical to assume that in New Zealand they were brought on board their canoe people. Therefore, the earliest evidence of the appearance of rats in New Zealand must indicate the time of appearance and the people there.

Rat bone age also coincided with the age of more than a hundred woody seeds, whose present distinctive marks from the bites of rats. These seeds are well preserved in the peat swamps of the North and South Islands.

Research suggests that in New Zealand during the colonization was not long delay between the initial opening and subsequent colonization, such as mean earlier theory. That is, the first people arriving in New Zealand from the tropical eastern Polynesia, immediately began to actively settle in new territories. Only our informers tell the news on the latest news.

Original: Physorg.com


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