Their Skeletons Speak: Kennewick Man and the Paleoamerican World (Exceptional Social Studies Titles for Intermediate Grades) (Exceptional Social Studies Title for Intermediate Grades)

By Sally M. Walker

On July 28, 1996, younger males stumbled upon human bones within the shallow water alongside the shore of the Columbia River close to Kennewick, Washington. was once this an unsolved homicide? The remnants of a few settler's or local American's unmarked grave? What used to be the tale at the back of this skeleton?

Within weeks, medical checking out yielded incredible information: the bones have been greater than 9,000 years previous! The skeleton immediately escalated from fascinating to amazing. He used to be somebody who may supply firsthand proof in regards to the arrival of people in North the USA. The bones stumbled on scattered within the dust got a reputation: Kennewick Man.

Authors Sally M. Walker and Douglas W. Owsley take you thru the painstaking technique of how scientists decided who Kennewick guy was once and what his existence was once like. New study, never-before-seen pictures of Kennewick Man's is still, and a reasonable facial reconstruction will introduce you to 1 of North America's earliest citizens.

But the tale does not finish there. Walker and Owsley additionally introduce you to a handful of different Paleoamerican skeletons, exploring their commonalities with Kennewick guy. jointly, their voices shape a refrain to inform the complicated story of ways people got here to North America--if we'll in basic terms hear.

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