CBS Sunday Morning: Who is Kennewick Man?
Sunday Morning asked: Who is the Kennewick Man? In 1996, two men found a skull on the bank of the Columbia River in Washington state. They called police, who determined this skull was very old.
Anthropologists found the rest of the skeleton, which they concluded was buried 9,000 years before. “It is certainly America’s most important skeleton. It is an exceptionally rare discovery,” said Doug Owsley, a physical anthropologist for the Smithsonian.
Owsley sued the federal government and local Indian tribes for the right to study Kennewick Man, and he won the case. Kennewick Man was 5’7”, weighed 163 pounds, and died around age 40.
Sunday Morning: Rewriting North American History
It appears that the subject lived a hard life, since he was buried with six unhealed fractured ribs, shoulder injuries, and skull fractures. He also had a spear lodged permanently in his hip when he was 15-20 years old.
This could change the theory of how humans initially arrived in North America, since they believe he was from the East Asian coast. Could people have arrived by boat many years before we thought they crossed the Bering Strait on foot?
Sculptors even recreated a likeness based on the skeleton and archival photos. I can’t believe how much they were able to determine from a skeleton. You can read more about what science has learned from this discovery in Kennewick Man: The Scientific Investigation of an Ancient American Skeleton.
Sunday Morning Passage: RIP Jan Hooks
Comedian Jan Hooks died October 9 2014 in New York, at the age of 57. The Georgia native played a tour guide in 1985’s Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, and the next year she started a five-year stint in the cast of Saturday Night Live.
She impersonated Nancy Reagan, Tammy Faye Baker, and Hillary Rodham Clinton. She was also half of the Sweeney Sisters duo. She left the show in 1990, going on to appear in Designing Women and 30 Rock, among other roles.