Scientists Discover Jawbone Found In Iowa River Belonged To A Prehistoric Person

It’s always concerning when human bones are found. It doesn’t happen very often but when it does, they automatically start looking for “who done it.”

Then again, there are times when human bones are found and it is quite another story. That is what is being reported by the Marshall County Sheriff‘s office after conservation staff found a lower jawbone in the Iowa River.

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The conservation staff were working on a wildlife and biological survey when they found the human jawbone. In a press release, officials said that the jawbone was intact but it had already deteriorated.

At first, they were thinking that the jawbone was only a few years old but it wasn’t long before they discovered that it was much older. How much older? They now think that it belonged to a prehistoric person.

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The County medical examiner, as was described in a news release, came to collect the findings. They sent the bones to an examiner’s office for testing and on September 21, it was revealed that they were in fact human bones.

After the University of Iowa received the bones, the office of the state archaeologists examined them and determined it was likely a Native American man who was middle-aged. He also lived thousands of years ago.

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There were also three other bones found in the location but they were found not to be human.

I guess you never know what you’re going to find in the river.

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