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Descent of Man
In this lecture, beginners can familiarize themselves with basic information and terms used to describe the evolution of humanity beginning with the origin of primates through the comings and goings of Genus Homo.
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September 2000

Bones Tied to Indian Culture
Posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2000
Tribes in Northwest Gain Custody of 9,000-Year-Old Skeleton, Says Babbitt
(ABC NEWS) The decision comes after four years of arguing over whether the 9,000-year-old bones should be turned over to the tribes in the Pacific Northwest or to scientists for research. How to classify ancient remains and who should have custody of such bones is hotly debated these days among researchers, politicians and Indian tribes. The rift comes at a time when the theory about how the Americas were populated is changing, leading researchers to argue that study of pre-Columbian bones is more important than ever.
Bruce Babbitt, the secretary of the interior, said that two years of study by his department have persuaded him that the bones should be returned to the five American Indian tribes.
"After evaluating this complex situation, I believe that it is reasonable to determine that the Kennewick Man remains should be transferred to the Tribes that have jointly claimed him," Babbitt said in a written statement issued by his office in Washington, D.C.

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The Iceman Melteth
Posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2000
Scientists Thaw 5,300-Year-Old Man to Learn More About His Kind, His Time
(ABC NEWS) Oetzi, as he is known, was found in the Italian Alps in 1991. It’s generally believed the 5,300-year-old mummy was a shepherd who died of exposure in the high mountains, but a sure cause of death has never been established.
Now forensic scientists from Scotland and Italy want to examine where blood was concentrated when he died to see whether he died naturally on his back or whether he fell forward and died as the result of an accident. They must also consider if he, perhaps, had simply been buried.
"I believe we might exclude violence or exposure as the cause of death," says Prof. Renato Fasolo from the University of Verona, "and consider the possibility of a ritual burial."

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