Calculating how the Pacific was settled: Sailing against prevailing winds, spotting big islands

22 abril 2015

Using statistics that describe how an infectious disease spreads, an anthropologist analyzed different theories of how people first settled islands of the vast Pacific between 3,500 and 900 years ago. Adrian Bell found the two most likely strategies were to travel mostly against prevailing winds and seek easily seen islands, not necessarily the nearest islands.
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