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Bones along Sacramento River determined to be prehistoric

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 - 2:18 pm

Yolo County sheriff’s officials believed that the bones of a human found Aug. 15 had been at the site along the Sacramento River for a long time.

Now, scientific examination of the remains reveals that is true. The recovered bones and teeth were submitted to the California State University, Chico, Human Identification Laboratory where they were determined to be those of a “prehistoric Native American,” according to the Yolo County Coroner.

The bones and teeth were found by a person walking along the Sacramento River Aug. 15. The citizen noticed remains protruding from the mud on a narrow beach that was exposed by a low water level.

The discovery was made along the river bank, north of County Road 127 and east of Old River Road near West Sacramento.

The cause of death is not known.


Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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