The scientists are on the verge of unraveling the mystery behind the identity and the origins of the ancient Kennewick skeleton. The mysterious remains were discovered almost twenty years ago and researchers have theorized on its origins, until now.
The scientists are currently examining the genetic data of the Kennewick skeleton in a Denmark laboratory and revealed that it could have Native American biological heritage. The researchers have obtained some important documents from the federal Freedom of Information Act.
The researchers received an email from US Army Corps of Engineering, which helped them establish the genetic results data of the Kennewick man. All the results hinted at Native American origins. The US Army Corps of Engineering were involved in caring and managing the bones.
Brian Kemp, one of the scientists involved in analyzing the Kennewick skeleton and a molecular anthropologist at the Washington State University, said that the researchers who study the genetic data of ancient people were not surprised with the results of the recent study.
The researchers were able to recover the DNA data from a few Paleoamerican people who lived more than 9,000 years ago. Most of the data indicate that these Paleoamericans are genetically similar with the modern Native American people.
Peter Lape, an archaeological curator at the Burke Museum, stated that the genetic results the researchers gathered from the Kennewick man are very similar to the ones from other ancient humans. Lape added that it came as no surprise and the genome of the Kennewick skeleton will determine the origins of many others and people will want to see if they are related to him.
Lape pointed out the importance of the Kennewick origins, saying that it may revolutionize the ways archaeologists look at ancestry. Also, Lape said that this may question previous scientific methods of analyzing the bone shapes.
The researchers have not made public the analysis results of the Kennewick man but they will reveal it soon in a scientific journal.
Thomas Stafford Jr. and Eske Willerslev, a geneticist from Denmark, are both involved in the genetic analysis and have declined to talk about their work for now.
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