How humanity survived for 8000 years on the most extreme islands on Earth

Imagine a life of almost complete isolation, spent on a barren island constantly hit by a mix of volcanoes, tsunamis, and long, brutal winters. For thousands of years, that's what people have endured on the Kuril Islands, an archipelago stretching from Russia to Japan that just might be the most extreme place humans… » 2/22/11 12:30pm 2/22/11 12:30pm