[Fwd: [NOVA] "Mystery of the First Americans"]
- Sounds like a great program...too bad I can't get PBS through DTV.
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The web site is very interesting though.
> NEXT ON NOVA: "MYSTERY OF THE FIRST AMERICANS"
> Broadcast: December 10, 2002
> (NOVA airs Tuesdays on PBS at 8 p.m. Check your local listings as
> dates and times may vary.)
> In 1996, near Kennewick, Washington, a suspected murder victim is
> identified by forensic anthropologists as Caucasian -- but turns out to
> be almost 10,000 years old. For 50 years our picture of prehistoric
> America has rested on the premise that the earliest inhabitants of the
> Americas were east Asians of Mongoloid stock, the ancestors of today's
> Native Americans. But the discovery of the Kennewick Man, along with
> several other startling finds in recent years, has thrown that once
> widely accepted idea into question and revolutionized the science of
> paleo-anthropology. It has also embroiled scientists in a bitter
> conflict with Native American groups that want the scientific study of
> early Americans halted. Who and what do Kennewick Man and others
> represent? NOVA follows the efforts of paleo-anthropologists' work to
> decode the story in the bones of people who died 10,000 years ago.
> Here's what you'll find on the companion Web site:
> Does Race Exist?
> Anthropologists George Gill of the University of Wyoming
> and Loring Brace of the University of Michigan square off
> on the issue. After reading their opposing viewpoints,
> decide for yourself.
> Meet Kennewick Man (QTVR)
> Archeologist Jim Chatters, the only scientist able to study
> the bones before federal authorities impounded them, tells
> how he put a face to Kennewick Man. Includes a striking
> QuickTime VR of the ancient man's reconstructed head.
> Claims for the Remains
> Eight scientists have filed suit against the U.S. government
> for the right to study the Kennewick Man remains. Here, all
> eight speak out about why they feel they should be allowed
> to do so and what they hope to learn if they get the chance.
> The Dating Game
> Scientists have long relied on carbon-14 analysis to determine
> the age of organic remains such as ancient seeds, bits of
> charcoal, even human remains. In this feature, learn how this
> widely used process works.
> Plus Resources.
*So much to learn and so little time!*