Did Easter Island get ‘ratted’ out?

Posted on December 6, 2005 

Did Easter Island get ‘ratted’ out?

Did Easter Island get 'ratted' out?

Rats and Europeans are likely to blame for the mysterious demise of Easter Island, a team of anthropologists suggests.

The fate of the people who built hundreds of 10-ton stone statues on the South Pacific island and then vanished has long been seen as a cautionary environmental tale. Natives deforested the island paradise to transport the statues, the story goes, triggering erosion that damaged farmlands. And then they supposedly bumped themselves off in a cannibalistic civil war in about 1650.

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