Kennewick Man Skull 

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The Paleoamerican Skeleton Known as Kennewick Man
Exhibitor: James C. Chatters

The Kennewick Skeleton represents the remains of a moderately built, middle-aged man who stood approximately 173 3.6 cm (~5.6 ft) tall and weighed about 72 kg (159 lbs). Although apparently well nourished and healthy in his youth, he suffered repeatedly from serious injuries, including a debilitating fracture and infection of the left elbow, a massive thoracic trauma that caused a chronic flail chest, and a spear wound in the right ilium that developed a chronic infection. The cause of his death cannot be pinpointed, but active and inactive bone infections raise the possibility of septicemia, and a possible, final, shoulder-dislocating injury is a strong candidate. The man's femoral and craniofacial discrete and metric characteristics and limb proportions, characteristic of a person from the subtropics rather than the north temperate zone, make him stand out from modern American Indians, especially those who occupied northwestern North America in later prehistory. Geochronology, a projectile point of early Cascade style in his hip, and a radiocarbon date of 8,410 60 B.P. place his time firmly in the later part of the early Holocene.