Kennewick Man: Origins Solved Thanks to DNA

June 18, 2015 9:47 PM

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Kennewick Man: Origins Solved Thanks to DNA

Finding a human skull doesn’t happen often, but the skull that two college students stumbled upon in the Columbia River in 1996 proved rare still. It happened to belong to an ancient ancestor of homo sapiens that roamed North America nearly 8500 years ago. Near the skull were remains of practically an entire skeleton belonging to a male who was likely buried along the riverbank by his people in Kennewick, Washington.

Kennewick Man, as he is known, quickly became the subject of a custody battle between scientists eager to study his remains, which are among the oldest and most complete of a human ancestor in North America, and a group of five Native American tribes who claimed the bones as the Ancient One, one of ...

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