Sunday 5 July 2015

Kennewick Man

Why in news?

  • DNA analysis proves that Kennewick Man is an ancestor of today's Native American

What is it?

  • Kennewick Man is the name generally given to the skeletal remains of a prehistoric Paleo-american man found on a bank of the Columbia River in Kennewick, Washington.
  • The controversial 9,300-year-old set of remains previously described as "the most important human skeleton ever found in North America.
  • Kennewick Man is another example of a growing body of genetic research that shows deep historical connections between living Native peoples and ancestors in their homelands. 
  • These discoveries may push scholars to consider how Native oral traditions retain collective memories of their distant origins.


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