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July 07, 2005

Scientists Continue Analysis of Kennewick Man

This is a very interesting article regarding the analysis of Kennewick man by scientists. Although American Indian tribes claimed the bones, discovered in Oregon, belonged to them and should be rightfully buried, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of eight anthropologists who filed a lawsuit seeking to study the remains. The panel decided there was no link between the skeleton and the tribes.

Archaeologists and anthropologists will take measurements and record observations during the 10-day study, attempting to unravel the mystery of how Kennewick Man died and what sort of effects nature had on his bones.
None of the scientists was available for comment, said Burke Museum spokesman Mary Anne Barron.
Scientists last month took scans of the skull and the pelvis, which has a spearhead embedded in it, and created a three-dimensional picture that has been used to construct models of the bones.
The models will be used for additional research and to minimize impact to the actual skeleton. Samples taken from fragments of the leg during government studies in 1999 and 2000 will again be analyzed in the coming months.
More to follow …

Posted by Blogorithm at July 7, 2005 06:55 AM

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