Science: Indians in Siberia

One day last fortnight, the conductor and passengers of the westbound train from Irkutsk to Moscow gaped in astonishment at the queer old gentleman who sat with a mouldy, grinning skull in his lap. But Anthropologist Ales Hrdlicka smiled benignly back. For he had just been presented with the most precious skull of his career, and he was literally not going to let it out of his clutches.

Dr. Hrdlicka has long maintained that the ancestors of American Indians were Mongolians who crossed from Asia to Alaska over a land bridge some 15,000 years...

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