Neolithic Farmers Came to Europe Via the Sea

Genetic markers in modern populations indicate the Neolithic migrants who brought farming to Europe traveled from the Levant into Anatolia and then island hopped to Greece via Crete and then to Sicily and north into Southern Europe. Credit: Modified NASA map

Lot of coverage for this:

Seafarers brought Neolithic culture to Europe, gene study indicates – EurekAlert!

Neolithic Farmers Came to Europe by Sea Route – Past Horizons

Study indicates Neolithic people from Near East migrated to Europe via island hopping – Phys.org

I have a question, though.  If Neolithic farmers had the nautical technology and know how to island hop from Anatolia through the Aegean, then why couldn’t they do the same from Tunisia in Northern Africa to Italy via Malta and Sicily?

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