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Kennewick Man's Contemporaries

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Science  10 Apr 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5361, pp. 191
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5361.191

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What few ancient American skeletons physical anthropologists have been able to study despite obstacles posed by state and federal laws have revealed a surprising degree of diversity, with some resembling modern Indians and others seeming more like the Ainu of Japan, the first group to colonize the archipelago. In addition, signs of violence seen in the bones would seem to indicate the presence of different and competing peoples. But not all scientists see differences among the skeletons.