Science: The Professor and the Bones

The body had been very positively identified. Discovered in Schiller Park by Chicago police, the murdered, badly burned corpse was little more than a skeleton, but a Negro woman was certain it was her missing husband. A dentist was equally certain that he recognized the jaw. The woman claimed her husband's insurance.

To make triply sure, the police took the bones to Anthropologist Wilton Marion Krogman of the University of Chicago. The professor measured them, made a few calculations, then surprisingly announced that the woman and the dentist were both wrong: the skeleton was no Negro's but that of a middle-aged white...

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