Re: archaeological find in Oregon

Paul Myers (
Thu, 17 Oct 1996 17:52:26 -0400

In article <>, (Keith Norris) wrote:

> In article <> (Wilson Lynn) writes:
> >From: (Wilson Lynn)
> >Subject: archaeological find in Oregon
> >Date: Wed, 16 Oct 1996 11:25:46 Local
> >Keywords: skull Caucasian Aboriginal
> >Did anyone hear the news item on CBC National News on Sunday Oct. 13.
It was
> >about a skeleton that was found in Oregon which was dated around 9,000 B.C.
> >The catch was that this skull was found to be Caucasian in origin! Does
> >anyone have any info re this controversial find?
> How the hell did they know? It is extremely difficult to tell EXTANT races
> apart merely from skulls, let alone EXTINCT ones.

I heard a few more details about this one. The skull has Caucasian
_characteristics_, which apparently are not unheard of in the native
peoples in that area. As Mr. Norris notes, you can't positively identify
race 100% of the time from just a skull, although you can make approximations.

Paul Myers Department of Biology Temple University Philadelphia, PA 19122