Prehistoric Polynesians beat Europeans to the Americas, according to a new analysis of chicken bones. =read full story=
Genetic studies of modern South Americans have not uncovered any signs of Polynesian ancestry. But this is not surprising, says Matisoo-Smith. Ancient Polynesians were great explorers, but tended to settle only in uninhabited islands.
It seems that if they found other people, they would usually turn around and go home, she says.