December 21, 2012
Humans Are Explorers by Nature
David Dobbs, National Geographic
In the winter of 1769, the British explorer Captain James Cook, early into his first voyage across the Pacific, received from a Polynesian priest named Tupaia an astonishing gift—a map, the first that any European had ever encountered showing all the major islands of the South Pacific. Some accounts say Tupaia sketched the map on paper; others that he described it in words.
TAGGED: Ancestry, Genetics, Exploration