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Easter Island's Secret May Be Adaptation, Not Suicide

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Easter Island's Secret May Be Adaptation, Not Suicide

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Easter Island's Secret May Be Adaptation, Not Suicide

Easter Island's Secret May Be Adaptation, Not Suicide

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The Polynesian society of Easter Island supposedly collapsed in the late 1600s after the population razed the island of every last tree. Recent evidence suggests a different story, one that hints not at environmental suicide but at successful adaptation. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with anthropologist Mara Mulrooney about her research.

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