By Elaine Dewar

Award-winning journalist Elaine Dewar explores new terrain with Bones, uncovering facts that demanding situations the normal knowledge on how the Americas have been peopled in early background. In her probing research, Dewar travels from Canada's Mackenzie River to the Brazilian nation of Piaui, from the places of work of the Smithsonian establishment to the Washington kingdom riverbank the place the is still of Kennewick guy have been came upon. Dewar captures a story of not easy technological know-how and human folly the place the excessive stakes contain expert reputations, profitable can provide, status, and the resting areas of wandering spirits.

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