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No seafood for early Easter Islanders -- they ate rats
NBC News ^ | 9-26-2013 | Owen Jarus

Posted on 09/27/2013 3:48:08 AM PDT by Renfield

Chemical analyses of teeth from 41 human skeletons excavated on Easter Island revealed the inhabitants ate rats rather than seafood; Here, Moai statues at Ahu Tongariki on the south-eastern part of the island, where 26 of the skeletons were found.

The inhabitants of Easter Island consumed a diet that was lacking in seafood and was, literally, quite ratty.

The island, also called Rapa Nui, first settled around A.D. 1200, is famous for its more than 1,000 "walking" Moai statues, most of which originally faced inland. Located in the South Pacific, Rapa Nui is the most isolated inhabited landmass on Earth; the closest inhabitants are located on the Pitcairn Islands about 1,200 miles (1,900 kilometers) to the west.....

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TOPICS: Food; History; Science
KEYWORDS: agriculture; animalhusbandry; anthropology; archaeology; dietandcuisine; easterisland; godsgravesglyphs; helixmakemineadouble; history; moai; polynesia; rapanui; thorheyerdahl

1 posted on 09/27/2013 3:48:09 AM PDT by Renfield
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping


2 posted on 09/27/2013 3:48:23 AM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield

I doubt rats or any mammals are indigenous to the Island. They probably came with the original inhabitants, and killed off any large birds, leaving only the dang rats to eat.


3 posted on 09/27/2013 3:54:13 AM PDT by RadiationRomeo (Step into my mind and glimpse the madness that is me)
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To: Renfield

“What’s for dinner tonight, mom?”
“Rat soup.”
“Aw, not again. What about tomorrow?”
“Rat on a stick.”


4 posted on 09/27/2013 4:04:15 AM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: mkmensinger

Mother, there’s a dead bishop on the landing!

Which diocese? Etc...


5 posted on 09/27/2013 4:08:20 AM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Renfield

They forgot to bring cats when they settled on the island. Had they brought cats to eat the rats, they might have had a more varied and better diet because the rats wouldn’t have wiped out any other kind of animal on the island.


6 posted on 09/27/2013 4:16:42 AM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Renfield

Let’s guess again....41 skeletons...found as a group...did they actually eat the rats or had rats become the occupiers of the dead....aka....a rat nest.


7 posted on 09/27/2013 4:20:20 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Renfield

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Easter-Island-s-First-Inhabitants-Chiefly-Ate-Rats-Investigations-Reveal-386494.shtml


8 posted on 09/27/2013 4:23:09 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Renfield

Headline is terribly misleading


9 posted on 09/27/2013 4:27:16 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: exDemMom

>> Had they brought cats to eat the rats, they might have had a more varied and better diet

Yeah, with all those well-fed cats running wild, they could’ve invented Taco Bell! :-)


10 posted on 09/27/2013 4:31:04 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Sacajaweau
Thank you for http://news.softpedia.com/news/Easter-Island-s-First-Inhabitants-Chiefly-Ate-Rats-Investigations-Reveal-386494.shtml

That article said "By the looks of it, a handful of islanders nonetheless ate fish, and did so on a regular basis."

So, the "No Seafood" meme is bogus.

11 posted on 09/27/2013 4:50:27 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: Renfield
I'll 'ave one slice of strawberry tart with not so much rat in it.
-- Monty Python
12 posted on 09/27/2013 4:59:05 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: mkmensinger

Ratatouille?


13 posted on 09/27/2013 5:09:08 AM PDT by Salamander (Blue Oyster Cult Will Be The Soundtrack For The Revolution.....)
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To: Renfield

Tastes like venison! (subtle reference to the movie KING RAT)


14 posted on 09/27/2013 7:40:57 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Renfield; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

Thanks Renfield.

15 posted on 09/27/2013 4:41:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: mkmensinger
“Rat on a stick.”

Coming soon to a state fair food vendor. Dipped in batter, and deep fried...yum yum.

16 posted on 09/27/2013 4:43:35 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: SunkenCiv; Renfield

I worked with a guy from Easter Island. Everyday at lunch he would open his lunchbox and say Dang it! Rat again. Finally someone asked him why he didn’t have his wife fix something else. My wife? he says. I make my own lunch.


17 posted on 09/27/2013 6:13:24 PM PDT by bigheadfred (INFIDEL)
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To: Sacajaweau
Let’s guess again....41 skeletons...found as a group...did they actually eat the rats or had rats become the occupiers of the dead....aka....a rat nest.

Or again: They were a group of prisoners who had nothing else to eat.

These "scientists" have a remarkable lack of imagination.

18 posted on 09/27/2013 7:42:42 PM PDT by Steve1789 (I miss having a president who loves this country.)
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To: Renfield

So they built enormous statues with glowing white coral eyes looking out across the vast emptiness asking...

“Where are all the fish?”


19 posted on 09/28/2013 2:12:32 AM PDT by djf (Global warming is turning out to be a bunch of hot air!!)
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To: Renfield
Moai statues, most of which originally faced inland

What are we to make of that?

20 posted on 09/28/2013 8:14:56 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Renfield; SunkenCiv

I have just had it up to here with you kids. Clean this rats nest up!


21 posted on 10/02/2013 3:22:40 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

Poor Easter Islander kids, they also only had one available housepet species. Ick.


22 posted on 10/02/2013 5:57:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: Nervous Tick

Yeah, with all those well-fed cats running wild, they could’ve invented Taco Bell! :-)

_________________

post of the day thank you for the laugh


23 posted on 10/02/2013 6:05:06 PM PDT by Chickensoup (...We didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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