The Mysteries of Easter Island Caves

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Ecologist and explorer, Dr. Jut Wynne, gave a webinar for the National Speleological Society on 11 January 2013. This vivid, image-driven presentation covers recent discoveries and interpretations of over five years of research on “Te Pito o Te Henua” (or Navel of the World). Jut provides an overview of the natural history and ancient human settlement, as well as discusses new species discoveries and archaeological findings from Easter Island caves. The discovery of several new insect species suggests these animals may have retreated underground as the ancient Rapanui cleared the forest to make room for burgeoning villages, platforms with towering moai statues, and extensive fields of taro, sweet potatoes and sugar cane. This webinar may be downloaded from the National Speleological Society