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First Chickens in Americas Were Brought From Polynesia (came before Columbus)
NYT ^ | 06/05/07 | JOHN NOBLE WILFORD

Posted on 06/04/2007 6:55:26 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

First Chickens in Americas Were Brought From Polynesia

By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD

Why did the chicken cross the Pacific Ocean? To get to the other side, in South America. How? By Polynesian canoes, which apparently arrived at least 100 years before Europeans settled the continent.

That is the conclusion of an international research team, which reported yesterday that it had found “the first unequivocal evidence for a pre-European introduction of chickens to South America,” or presumably anywhere in the New World.

The researchers said that bones buried on the South American coast were from chickens that lived between 1304 and 1424. Pottery at the site was from a similar or earlier time. A DNA analysis linked the bones, which were excavated at El Arenal on the Arauco Peninsula in south central Chile, to chickens from Polynesian islands.

The findings are being published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The lead author is Alice A. Storey, an anthropologist at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and other team members are from American Samoa, Australia, Canada and the United States.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aintnobodyherebutus; america; arauco; chicken; godsgravesglyphs; polynesia

1 posted on 06/04/2007 6:55:33 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: blam; SunkenCiv

Ping!


2 posted on 06/04/2007 6:56:01 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

oops


3 posted on 06/04/2007 6:57:20 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: TigerLikesRooster

see:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1844873/posts


4 posted on 06/04/2007 6:58:09 PM PDT by xcamel ("It's Thompson Time!")
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To: TigerLikesRooster
So which came first the chicken or the Polynesians?
5 posted on 06/04/2007 6:58:57 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Al Qaeda knows Iraq's strategic value, yet the Democrats work day and night for our defeat there.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

That begs the obvious question; Why did the chicken cross the ocean?


6 posted on 06/04/2007 7:00:21 PM PDT by driftdiver
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To: TigerLikesRooster

And what difference does it make?


7 posted on 06/04/2007 7:00:22 PM PDT by Khepera (Do not remove by penalty of law!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

How could anyone tolerate a canoe full of chickens?


8 posted on 06/04/2007 7:01:01 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: TigerLikesRooster

“Nobody here but us chickens”


9 posted on 06/04/2007 7:01:34 PM PDT by sourcery (Democrat: n. 1. Quiche-eating surrender donkey.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

i figured the first chickens were from france.


10 posted on 06/04/2007 7:03:32 PM PDT by brannon (we are all dying; some of us faster than others)
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To: elhombrelibre
So which came first the chicken or the Polynesians?
A chicken and an egg are lying in bed.
The chicken is leaning against the headboard smoking a cigarette, with a satisfied smile on its face.
The egg, looking a bit pissed off, grabs the sheet, rolls over, and says,
"Well, I guess we finally answered THAT question."

11 posted on 06/04/2007 7:04:42 PM PDT by sourcery (Democrat: n. 1. Quiche-eating surrender donkey.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

where’s peta?


12 posted on 06/04/2007 7:06:07 PM PDT by machogirl
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To: sourcery

Good one.


13 posted on 06/04/2007 7:08:01 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Al Qaeda knows Iraq's strategic value, yet the Democrats work day and night for our defeat there.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
What did they feed the chickens, maize?
14 posted on 06/04/2007 7:09:05 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Al Qaeda knows Iraq's strategic value, yet the Democrats work day and night for our defeat there.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
A Polynesian caught choking his chicken:


15 posted on 06/04/2007 7:11:28 PM PDT by Dumpster Baby ("Hope somebody finds me before the rats do .....")
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To: driftdiver

That begs the obvious question; Why did the chicken cross the ocean?


Reminds me of a friend’s variation of the old joke:

Why did the chicken cross the road?
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To lick the lady’s leg!


16 posted on 06/04/2007 7:17:35 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Grizzled Bear

Or the David Mamet-esque version:

Why did the chicken cross the road?
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Because the road crossed the chicken!


17 posted on 06/04/2007 7:24:17 PM PDT by Borges
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To: brannon

I thought the first ones were democrats...


18 posted on 06/04/2007 7:31:01 PM PDT by martinidon
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To: TigerLikesRooster

“First Chickens in Americas Were Brought From Polynesia “

Well, I would have guessed France.


19 posted on 06/04/2007 7:59:41 PM PDT by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super Walmart for news .)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Um....sooo? Do we now have to have DIVERSITY among chickens....or do we owe them something, because they were the first eaten here?


20 posted on 06/04/2007 8:06:57 PM PDT by goodnesswins (We need to cure Academentia)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

So how come the Polynisians aren’t being blamed for bringing disease and death to the “Native-Americans”?

Heck, they probably introduced bird flu.


21 posted on 06/04/2007 8:14:09 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici
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To: TigerLikesRooster

That’s a damn long way in a canoe. It would have taken months. Their water supplies couldn’t have lasted that long. I’m sure they had lots of chickens to eat on the way but how in the world did they make it that far?


22 posted on 06/04/2007 9:02:05 PM PDT by TheThinker
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I figger the Big Kanuna would’ve been promising a chicken in every dug out...???


23 posted on 06/04/2007 10:25:27 PM PDT by JB in Whitefish
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To: Grizzled Bear; Borges; driftdiver

I thought everybody knew the chicken crossed to road to avoid the bullies.

Didn’t work, though, since they had already seen him, so chased him down, and plucked him anyway.


24 posted on 06/04/2007 10:43:37 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Islam: a Satanically Transmitted Disease, spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Cluck that!

25 posted on 06/04/2007 10:46:12 PM PDT by Darth Republican (Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Nonsense. They're native, here's a footprint of one of them.
26 posted on 06/04/2007 10:53:55 PM PDT by rbosque (MSM = Miserable Socialist Morons.)
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To: TheThinker
I’m sure they had lots of chickens to eat on the way but how in the world did they make it that far?

Tom Ka Gai, to suppliment the Tom Yam Pla.

Take one large war canoe...

First, fill one outrigger with green, milk-filled coconuts; and place cages with chickens, ginger root, kafir lime leaves, dried galangal root, and lemongrass along with luggage in other outrigger.

Fill main section of canoe with warriors, weapons, and paddles.

When tired of coconut-ginger-fish soup (Tom Yam Pla) or if flying fish refuse to land in canoe, wring chicken’s neck, and make coconut-ginger-chicken soup.

27 posted on 06/04/2007 10:56:38 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Islam: a Satanically Transmitted Disease, spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Some people have pointed out interesting cultural parallels between the Mapuche of southern Chile and Polynesian culture. In many cases of people grasping for cultural similarities, it’s just naive diffusionism. But there are some intriguing facts (well, speculations) pointed out in this Spanish article:

http://www.rapanuivalparaiso.cl/arque_olog.htm#ar5


28 posted on 06/04/2007 11:03:02 PM PDT by GOPlibertarian
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To: TigerLikesRooster

oh boy...another first to strip from those nasty Europeans


29 posted on 06/04/2007 11:05:34 PM PDT by wardaddy (on parole)
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To: ApplegateRanch

LOL, sounds like we’ve got an canoe expert, polynesian chef, and survivalist all rolled into one.


30 posted on 06/04/2007 11:31:20 PM PDT by TheThinker
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To: TigerLikesRooster

This is a fowl thread.


31 posted on 06/05/2007 4:25:27 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys - Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat - But they know what's best.)
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Polynesians Beat Columbus To The Americas
New Scientist | 6-4-2007 | Emma Young
Posted on 06/04/2007 8:58:20 PM EDT by blam
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1844873/posts


32 posted on 06/05/2007 9:22:51 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Time heals all wounds, particularly when they're not yours. Profile updated May 31, 2007.)
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33 posted on 06/05/2007 9:25:11 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Time heals all wounds, particularly when they're not yours. Profile updated May 31, 2007.)
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