Skeletal Remains Give Scientists Shocking Surprise

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Skeletal remains of a man found in Washington in 1996 turned out to be quite a shock to the science community.

Based on extensive research, the forensic anthropologists found that this man appeared to have been about 40 years old when he died, standing 5’7″ tall and weighing about 160 pounds. His teeth, though heavily worn down, had no cavities. Six of the ribs on the right side of his body had been broken long before he died, though five never healed. A stone spear-point was found embedded in his hip in a downward arc, which scientists believe means he was attacked from a distance.

Most shocking of all to the scientists were the origins of this man, dubbed the Kennewick Man. He appeared to have been of Polynesian ethnicity, meaning he traveled to Washington long before anyone originally thought prehistoric peoples could have traveled such great distances. According to Smithsonianmag.com, carbon-14 dating finds the remains to be about 9,000 years old.

“We’re realizing there are people getting here much earlier than we thought, and coming using different modes of transportation,”

said forensic anthropologist Doug Owsley, from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

Controversy over the skeletal remains continues, with one side advocating for the remains to be sent to the local Native American tribes for burial and scientists refusing on the grounds of the man having come from Polynesia. (See here for full story)

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18 Comments on "Skeletal Remains Give Scientists Shocking Surprise"

  1. Charlie1503 | 11/18/2014 at 11:57 AM |

    I wonder who he voted for in the last election?

  2. sennasghost | 11/17/2014 at 2:59 PM |

    If that’s a Skyrim reference. it’s well played, Sir.

  3. Jeremy Kraft | 11/16/2014 at 2:15 AM |

    WILSON

  4. Duke Nukem | 11/16/2014 at 1:01 AM |

    I sent in a dog turd to be carbon 14 dated, and it came back as 2.6 million years old.

  5. Just goes to show that the brilliant scientist that come up with all their theories are not as brilliant as they think. They cannot “know” any of these things so they should refrain from talking about them as if they do. Scientific “proof” has been shown to be faulty in many cases.

  6. T Jennings | 11/15/2014 at 4:50 AM |

    These silly dating methods scientists like to use to try and guess how old things are…smh. I remember the old studies and tests on LIVE animals and found, according to the same dating methods we use today, that the living breathing animals were thousands of years old… hahaha! Do your own research… evolution is a terrible lie based on ‘Naturalism’; MUCH older than Darwin.

  7. skeletal morphology, mostly.

  8. Robert Rivera | 11/15/2014 at 1:27 AM |

    I used to be an adventurer like him, until I took an arrow in the knee.

  9. Only question I have is was he one of the First Liberals and ran into a group on Conservatives who show him what they thought of him ?

  10. Dan Williams | 11/14/2014 at 7:53 PM |

    Funny thing about this very one in an Anthropology Class about eight or so years ago was that I suspected that he might have been a European who wandered over the land bridge between Alaska and Russia or possibly over the ice. All of the other students and the professor argued that he was Native American. It appears to me that I was probably closer to right than they were.

  11. John Payne | 11/14/2014 at 12:39 PM |

    I wish they commented on what evidence indicated that he was “probably” Polynesian. DNA?

  12. Larry Counts | 11/14/2014 at 12:38 PM |

    Wow-only scientists could be shocked they were wrong. So we revise the footnotes to say that Science guessed wrong originally-name one thing we know today that isn’t about the opposite of what Science originally told us.

  13. I agree, he does look like a nice guy. Call him “Link” and take him to high school

  14. Rodolfo666 | 11/14/2014 at 11:03 AM |

    Is that sarcasm, or are you serious?

  15. Paul Thomas Webster | 11/14/2014 at 9:45 AM |

    So what is the surprise?

  16. Bolt Upright | 11/14/2014 at 5:47 AM |

    ..sodomized him first..

  17. Had you met him in his element, he probably would have cut out your liver and roasted it.

  18. Raymond Bergh | 11/13/2014 at 9:30 PM |

    He LOOKS like a nice guy, let him rest please !

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