Tag: Skeletons

Matter: ‘Spirits Won’t Rest’: DNA Links Ancient Bones to Living Aboriginal Australians

In the 1800s, thousands of Aboriginal Australians were the victims of a terrible trade in the name of science. Anatomists opened their graves and stole their skeletons. After massacres of Aboriginal Australians, police officers sold body parts to museums. Today, many of these bones lie far from home. “Our old people’s remains have been stolen […]

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Matter: Crossing From Asia, the First Americans Rushed Into the Unknown

Nearly 11,000 years ago, a man died in what is now Nevada. Wrapped in a rabbit-skin blanket and reed mats, he was buried in a place called Spirit Cave. Now scientists have recovered and analyzed his DNA, along with that of 70 other ancient people whose remains were discovered throughout the Americas. The findings lend […]

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Ties: Family History in Her Bones

I hold my 4-year-old daughter’s hand as she lies on the cold surface of the X-ray table, watching her brow furrow as she concentrates on holding her left ankle at the awkward angle in which the technician placed it. This is, for her, an exciting experience, something about which she feels only curiosity. She asks […]

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