Science: Mystery of the Flying Heads

The huge stone heads, some of them weighing 50 tons, stare out at the empty Pacific with bland, archaic, sneering expressions. No one knows who carved these enigmatic faces—or why, or how, or when. Scholars have ransacked Easter Island, photographed its relics, cross-questioned its modern natives (there are less than 500)—aii to no avail. It has never seemed possible that the people of a small, barren island 1,100 miles from the nearest inhabited land (Pitcairn Island) should have carved several hundred weighty stone ornaments and lugged them up & over the rim of a volcano. Because of these stone heads, Easter...

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