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    Kennewick Man Controversy Gets Hairier

    It’s a whole skeleton of contention. New DNA analysis proves that the 8,500-year-old remains from Washington state belong to a relative of modern Native Americans. When the skeleton was found in 1996, anthropologists hoped it could shed light on early Americans, but local tribes demanded a proper reburial. After years of legal wrangling, the courts ruled for the scientists. The new evidence could help Native Americans reclaim the remains, but first they must prove a link to a specific tribe, which researchers hope will encourage donations of genetic samples.

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