DNA reignites ancient skeleton row

Kennewick Man

Kennewick Man – as shown in this reconstruction – has been the subject of a long, bitter debate

A long-running debate over an ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man has been reignited.

The 9,000-year-old was claimed as an ancestor by Native Americans, who called for his remains to be reburied.

However, a group of anthropologists said the specimen’s features were not similar to people from local tribes and won a legal bid to study the bones.

Now a genetic analysis has revealed his DNA is more closely related to modern Native Americans than to anyone else.

The findings are published in the journal Nature.

Ancient One

The discovery of Kennewick Man along the shores of the Columbia River in Washington State in 1996 sparked a bitter legal battle.

For its age, the skeleton was one of the most complete ever found, and scientists said it could provide an unprecedented insight into America’s early inhabitants.

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