Ancient Polynesians had children with American Indians

Easter Island, known for its mysterious stone figures,  is 2,300 miles from South America.  And yet, DNA research has found that the ancient Polynesians had children with Native Americans.  This happened between 1300 and 1500 A.D.  Today, the residents of Easter Island are 10% American Indian.  Meanwhile two skulls have been found in Brazil that have been identified as Polynesian.   How this mixing of two peoples with primitive technology separated by so much distance is a mystery. [Read more...]

How the Egyptians moved those big stones

No, it wasn’t aliens who moved those massively huge blocks for the Pyramids.  An ancient drawing shows builders dragging a monument on a sledge with someone pouring water in front of it.  Egyptologists interpreted that as some kind of purification ritual.  But scientists have discovered that pouring water on sand reduces the friction so that it would be possible to drag a multi-ton object on a sledge through the desert sand.  See the picture and an account of the research after the jump. [Read more...]