A new study based on his genome sequence shows that Kennewick Man is in fact more closely related to modern Native Americans, than to any other population worldwide and, further, that the earlier craniometrics analyses cannot be supported. The study was led by the Centre for GeoGenetics at the University of Copenhagen and is published online today in Nature. When Kennewick Man was discovered in initial cranial analysis suggested that he was a historic-period Euro-American. Later radiocarbon dating of the bones revealed an age of ca.
Army Corps of Engineers Confirms Kennewick Man is Native American
The Case of the Year Old Kennewick Man Revisited
Was Kennewick Man Caucasoid? Short answer—no, DNA analysis has resoundingly identified the 10,year-old skeletal remains as Native American. Long answer: with the recent DNA studies, the classification system that theoretically separated human beings into Caucasoid, Mongoloid, Australoid, and Negroid has been found to be even more error-prone than before. Kennewick Man , or more properly, The Ancient One, is the name of a skeleton discovered on a river bank in Washington state back in , long before the ready availability of comparative DNA. The people who found the skeleton at first thought he was a European-American, based on a cursory look at his cranium.
What is the Kennewick Man Controversy About?
A forensic anthropologist at Middle Tennessee State University is one of a select number of scientists to participate in the examination of a skeleton that could force historians to rewrite the story of the entire North American continent. Hugh Berryman, research professor, was one of only 11 experts from across the United States to scrutinize the bones of Kennewick Man, a 9,year-old skeleton found 10 years ago along the Columbia River at Kennewick, Wash. Army Corps of Engineers, which controls the land on which Kennewick was discovered.
Back in , two college students were wading in shallow waters near the bank of the Columbia River in southeastern Washington when they discovered the bones of the ancient individual who would become known as Kennewick Man. The land where Kenniwick Man was found is the property of the U. Army Corps of Engineers, after being ceded by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation under a treaty signed in When they compared that code with DNA from different populations around the world, the geneticists found it was closest to that of modern Native Americans.