9,000-year-old man yields secrets of America's earliest inhabitants

November 12, 2014 3:45 PM

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9,000-year-old man yields secrets of America's earliest inhabitants

Eighteen years after his near-complete skeletal remains were found along the bank of the Columbia River in eastern Washington, Kennewick Man is finally telling his 9,000-year-old story -- and reshaping our knowledge of how North America was first populated by humans.

The prehistoric man's bones have yielded clues about his diet and lineage, convincing forensic anthropologist Doug Owsley of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History that he was an immigrant who had come a long way before his death. Based on his diet of seals and other marine mammals and the shape ...

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