A while back, polemic news of “Easter Island heads having bodies” were spread all over internet, though we have known this for hundreds of years. The first Europeans that reached this island in 1722 saw this when they discovered the island, and it has been known ever since.
Many had seen images of moai statues in the volcanic statue quarry Rano Raraku where the bodies of the statues are buried into the ground. This, in conjunction with photos of American archaeologist Jo Anne Val Tilburg‘s excavations in the same area uncovering a statue made many draw conclusions that statues having bodies was recently discovered. On the contrary, we have known this since Europeans first visited this island in 1722.