Science: The Curious Californians

The early Spaniards who came to Southern California in the 16th century found the local Indians a dull lot. The native tribes raised no crops, did little hunting, lived relaxed lives on acorns and sea food, and offered only feeble resistance to Spanish soldiers and missionaries. Last week Anthropologist Phil C. Orr of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History described some huskier, earlier and odder Californians whose remains he discovered on barren Santa Rosa Island, off Santa Barbara.

For years Dr. Orr had been digging up skeletons of the Canalinos, the small,...

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