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Kennewick Man: More Bones to Pick

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Science  02 Jan 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5347, pp. 25-26
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5347.25b

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Last week, scientists added another bit of bone to the skeleton of Kennewick Man, the oldest, most complete--and most disputed--ancient human from the Pacific Northwest. A partial rib of the 9300-year-old skeleton was found when independent scientists, Native Americans, and the Army Corps of Engineers cooperated in a limited study of the Columbia River beach where the other remains were recovered. But with the rest of his skeleton, the chip of rib has been locked away in a vault, pending the outcome of a suit filed by a group of scientists against the corps for the right to study the remains.