Lansing Man

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Lansing Man is the name commonly given to a collection of human remains dug up near Lansing, Kansas in 1902. The remains were found in the process of digging a cellar tunnel for fruit storage on the farm of Martin Concannon. The human remains found were a child's lower mandible, shards of a skull, and various fragments of an adult male. After the remains had undergone further investigation, it was discovered that the skull found was similar to that of Native Americans that previously inhabited the region before Mr. Concannon's farm.

The geological strata in which the remains lay was dated to anywhere between 10,000 and 35,000 years old, predating the last ice age. However, the significance of the remains was dismissed by most archaeologists, not many years after its discovery, on the grounds that they were essentially identical to those of the modern humans indigenous to the region and probably buried intentionally—and therefore (since many scientists were unwilling to accept the idea that there had been so little evolutionary change in the intervening millennia) the remains were assumed by most not to be as old as the strata in which they were buried. Carbon-14 testing revealed that the remains dates to the period of 2660 to 5020 B.C.[1]

Currently the Lansing Man belongs to a curator of the Kansas City Museum, Mr. Long, whom had the remains carefully refurbished and placed in the United States National Museum.

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  1. ^ Bass, William M. (1973). "Lansing man: A half century later" (abstract). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 38 (1): 99–104. doi:10.1002/ajpa.1330380124. PMID 4345344. 

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