Ancient American Skeletons Safe From Reburial, But Only for the Moment

02 May 2012 1:23 PM | Anonymous

Ancient American Skeletons Safe From Reburial, But Only for the Moment

on 1 May 2012, 4:12 PM |

Bones of contention. Scientists want to study these 9000-year-old bones, but the Kumeyaay tribes claim them for reburial.

Credit: Jan Austin/Santa Monica Community College

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Bones of contention. Scientists want to study these 9000-year-old bones, but the Kumeyaay tribes claim them for reburial.
Credit: Jan Austin/Santa Monica Community College
 

A federal court judge in San Francisco granted a temporary restraining order Friday to prevent the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), from handing over 9000-year-old human bones to Native Americans, in the latest twist in an unusual custody battle for two human skeletons that are among the earliest found in the Americas. Three University of California professors filed a lawsuit last week to prevent UCSD from transferring the bones, which have been described as better preserved than those of the Kennewick Man, another ancient skeleton that has been the center of debate and lawsuits.

The restraining order will be in effect until Friday, 11 May, when Judge Richard Seeborg of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California will decide whether to extend it until the case is settled, according to Jim McManis, an attorney in San Jose, California, who represents the professors pro bono.

http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2012/05/ancient-american-skeletons-safe.html?ref=hp

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