Power Struggle to Control Ancient Bones

Dec 01, 2007 By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press Writer
Power Struggle to Control Ancient Bones (AP)
A plastic casting of the skull of the Kennewick man is shown in Richland, Wash. in this July 24, 1997 file photo. Scientists hoping to study the ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man are protesting efforts on two fronts that they say could block them from examining one of the oldest and most complete ever found in North America. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

(AP) -- Scientists hoping to study the ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man are protesting efforts that they say could block them from examining one of the oldest and most complete set of bones ever found in North America.



Content from The Associated Press expires 15 days after original publication date. For more information about The Associated Press, please visit www.ap.org .

Explore further: Woolly mammoth skeleton sold at UK auction

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

German study supports free "Super WiFi"

18 minutes ago

The need for the wireless transfer of data will increase significantly in the coming years. Scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) therefore propose to turn some of the TV frequencies that ...

How can we search for life on icy moons such as Europa?

23 minutes ago

Our solar system is host to a wealth of icy worlds that may have water beneath the surface. The Cassini spacecraft recently uncovered evidence of a possible ocean under the surface of Saturn's moon, Mimas.

Why does coffee spill more often than beer? (w/ Video)

23 minutes ago

Watch even the most careful waiter bring a cup of coffee to your table, and you'll realize that carrying liquid is not easy. When set in motion, the coffee starts sloshing, little waves appear, and spilling ...

Measuring NIF's enormous shocks

33 minutes ago

NIF experiments generate enormous pressures—many millions of atmospheres—in a short time: just a few billionths of a second. When a pressure source of this type is applied to any material, the pressure ...

Autopsies from space: who killed the sea lions?

33 minutes ago

A decade ago, we set out to unravel deep ocean crime scenes we weren't even sure existed. The crime? Endangered Steller sea lions were rapidly disappearing in parts of Alaska. Their numbers dropped by 80% in three decades, yet only rarely did anyone see or sample dead sea lions. Live sea lions stu ...

Recommended for you

Woolly mammoth skeleton sold at UK auction

11 hours ago

The skeleton of an Ice Age woolly mammoth fetched £189,000 ($300,000, 239.000 euros) at auction Wednesday as it went under the hammer in Britain with a host of other rare or extinct species.

Recreating clothes from the Iron Age

19 hours ago

A few years ago, the oldest known piece of clothing ever discovered in Norway, a tunic dating from the Iron Age, was found on a glacier in Breheimen. Now about to be reconstructed using Iron Age textile techniques, ...

User comments : 3

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

mattytheory
5 / 5 (1) Dec 01, 2007
correct me if i am wrong, but the current theories regarding human presence in the americas are a result of a land-bridge that connected europe to the americas, and the migration that followed is what allowed the "indians" to become the "native" peoples of this land. however, if this is the case, it would seem that this skeleton's ancestry PREDATES the claim of the indians that he is of tribal descent. and, for that matter, how are they going to prove lineage that is over 9000 years old? i might be old-fashioned, but for something to be legally binding, it shouldnt have any holes...
wesgeorge
not rated yet Dec 02, 2007
We are all ultimately related to a very small group of ancient ancestors.

For any native graves protection act to have any meaning it must be limited to demonstrably direct ancestors. The ancient ones belong to all humankind, rather than a single tribe.

For instance, the fairly modern tribal inhabitants of France, the Celts, clearly have no genetic or cultural relationship to the people that occupied the same land 10,000 years ago. The same situation seems likely in America. In fact, modern tribes are likely to have displaced the earlier people, making any claim to their remains not only misplaced but an insult to the ancient spirits. I am surprised that shamanic tribal leadership today would allow such a crime to occur in their name. But then perhaps they have long forgotten the old ways.
SDMike
not rated yet Dec 03, 2007
The earliest remains in the Americas are clearly Caucasian. These peoples were apparently wiped out by the North American meteor/comet strike predating the arrival of peoples from Asia.

Never-the-less, the Democrat controlled PC nuts in congress want to do "what's right" and that doesn't include science. Strange when "what's right" is embryonic stem cells they say it's because of science.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.