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Remains of US Marines found on Pacific atoll

The remains of 36 marines who died during WWII have been found on the Pacific atoll of Tarawa. Remote sensing devices, ground penetrating radar and even a cadaver dog were also used to find the missing marines, he said. "Each one of those individuals had an expectation that if they were to

Human migration into Pacific wiped out birds

Researchers are estimating that 1,000 species of bird were wiped out when humans migrated into the Pacific region. The first humans to settle the Pacific islands left a wave of extinct bird species in their wake. But gaps in the fossil record make it difficult to determine just how massive the

Last Kon-Tiki raft crewman dies

Knut Haugland, the last crewman of the Kon-Tiki voyage across the Pacific Ocean on a balsa wood raft in 1947, has died. The explorer died of natural causes in Oslo's hospital, the Kon-Tiki museum director said. The expedition was launched from Peru by anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl to demonstrate that South Americans could

Amelia Earhart’s final resting place believed found

Amelia Earhart's most likely died on an uninhabited island called Nikumaroro in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati. The author of a book on Earhart, Burns believes that the strongest of the amassed evidence comes from the report related to the partial skeleton found by Gallagher. "The skeleton was found to be

Replica pre-Columbian trading raft sets sail

For the first time in nearly 500 years, a full-size balsa-wood raft just like those used in pre-Columbian Pacific trade has taken to the water. Based on drawings and descriptions recorded by Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch explorers, Dewan and Hosler figured out the dimensions and construction methods that most likely were