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After 20 years of legal battles, Kennewick Man is laid to rest

The 1996 discovery of an ancient skeleton near Washington state’s Columbia River sparked 20 years of legal battles between scientists and Native Americans: Scientists hoped to research the 9000-year-old human remains, while a coalition of tribes wanted to rebury “Kennewick Man,” who they considered an ancestor. Now, those battles are finally being laid to rest, Discover magazine reports. In 2015 DNA testing finally confirmed the remains were of Native American ancestry, clearing the way for the skeleton to be reburied—after years of scientific study—in a secret location in the Columbia Basin of the Pacific Northwest.

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