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Ancient coral reef found in South Pacific

A 9,000-year-old coral reef found in the South Pacific may provide clues as to what will happen to coral when sea temperatures rise. The samples confirmed that it was indeed coral and radiocarbon dating confirmed its age.Other similar ancient reefs - called relict reefs - have been discovered before, but

Evidence backs view that Amelia Earhart died a castaway

DNA tests to be performed on new clues found on a remote island may support the theory that Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan lived as castaways. Three pieces of a pocket knife and fragments of what might be a broken cosmetic glass jar are adding new evidence that

Recreating Capt Bligh’s Bounty mutiny sea voyage

Four men have set sail in the South Pacific in an attempt to recreate the 7,000km voyage of Captain William Bligh who was cast adrift after the famous mutiny on the Bounty in 1789. The crew is sailing in a 25ft (7.6m) open-deck boat with two small sails. They are

Descendants of cannibals apologise for eating missionary 170 years ago

The descendants of a tribe of cannibals in the South Pacific have apologised to a British man for eating his great-great grandfather. The meal they were apologising for was his great-great grandfather, the Reverend John Williams, who was killed on the island of Erromango, now part of Vanuatu, 170 years ago. Williams,