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DNA Enters Dust Up Over Bones

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Science  11 Oct 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5285, pp. 172
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5285.172b


A 9300-year-old skeleton uncovered on the banks of the Columbia River in Washington State is a treasure trove of information for anthropologists, with a projectile point in its pelvis and possible Caucasoid features. But American Indians are claiming the skeleton as an ancestor and plan to rebury it. However, a sliver of bone taken for age-testing may soon yield DNA, which may reveal whether the skeleton was ancestral to modern American Indians.