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Officials say jaw discovered in river likely belongs to prehistoric man

Officials from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office in Iowa have opened an investigation into a jawbone discovered by Marshall County Conservation staff in the Iowa River, and it was recently determined that it likely belonged to a prehistoric native american.

A news release from the sheriff’s office in August said deputies had been called to an area of ​​the river where a ‘possible human lower jawbone’ had been found intact by conservation staff during a biological investigation. and wildlife. Three other bones were also found.

“Together with the lack of precipitation over the past few weeks, this has created low water levels in the Iowa River, revealing many features of the river that are continually changing and normally underwater,” the statement said.

According to National Geographic, winds and floods carrying sand and soil can cause artifacts to be buried.

“Sometimes disasters, like volcanic eruptions, speed up this burial process,” the outlet said. “In some places where the earth has been dug out, like in the Grand Canyon in the US state of Arizona, you can actually see the layers of soil that have built up over centuries, like the layers of a cake. .”

Scientists studying an area may stumble upon accidental finds, which may lead to the establishment of a dig site.

Sheriff’s Office officials said there were no security threats when they began their investigation of the remains. The jawbone was intact but deteriorated.

The Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office was tasked with testing the remains to confirm if they were human.

On Wednesday, the sheriff’s office said it was notified by the state examiner’s office that the jawbone had been confirmed to be human “with no modern medical significance.” The other bones found were not human.

“The mandible has been transferred to the Office of the State Archaeologist at the University of Iowa for further examination,” the sheriff’s office said. “The mandible has been determined to likely belong to prehistoric Native American man, middle to late age. Further historical research is awaited.”

Lara Noldner, director of bioarchaeology at the Office of the State Archaeologist, told the Monks Register that the remains will be reported to the federal government in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

This law, the National Park Service said, is intended to ensure a respectful way to return remains and sacred objects to Native American tribes.

Nodner told the outlet that all tribes in the area would be notified of the remains to prepare for a proper burial.

Pleasemynews contacted the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, Marshall County Conservation, and State Archaeologist’s Office for comment.

Other remains have been discovered recently.

Dinosaur remains have been found in a man’s garden in Pombal, Portugal. A hiker came across human remains in a West Virginia state forest.

Water levels dropped in Lake Mead leading to the discovery of several human bodies.

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