Name That Skeleton

Two skeletons found on Virginia campus are more than 350 years old

By Teneille Gibson
|  Monday, Apr 19, 2010  |  Updated 9:00 AM EDT
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Name That Skeleton

Scientists searching for the answer to human origins may have found it with Ardi, the oldest hominid skeleton ever discovered.

The Smithsonian Institution released a summary of two skeletons that were found in an archaeological dig five years ago at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

The summary reports the remains were likely female servants in their 20s from the mid-1600s. One is from Africa and the other is European.

Lyle Torp ot the Ottery Group, the firm that conducted the dig and analyzed the artifacts, says the find is rare. There are only a handful of skeletal remains that date back so far.

The campus sits on the former Colonial port village of Gloucester Town.

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