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Hawaii's Feral Pig Ancestors Predate Captain Cook

Pigs overrunning Hawaii today arrived on the islands much earlier than thought, according to a new DNA analysis.

September 15, 2016
2:50 PM EDT
English explorer Captain James Cook stewarded the first European expedition to come upon the Hawaiin Islands in 1778. His mission has been credited with bringing pigs to the islands, but new research argues otherwise. Credit: Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images