Science: From Eden to India

A risky new voyage for an old adventurer

Thor Heyerdahl, 63, the Norwegian anthropologist, explorer and adventurer, believes in dramatizing his theories. To show that the Polynesian islands could have been settled by ancient mariners from South America, he crossed the Pacific on a balsa raft. To demonstrate that Egyptians might have reached the New World centuries before Columbus, he conquered the Atlantic in a boat made of papyrus. Now Heyerdahl is about to take a reed boat down the Tigris River from the purported site of the biblical Garden of Eden, eventually reach the open sea and either sail to India...

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