A pair of kayakers in Minnesota uncovered a human skull fragment that is believed to be roughly 8,000 years old, authorities said.
The discovery occurred in September near Sacred Heart, on the Minnesota River, according to a report.
The fragment was first given to local authorities, but it ended up in the hands of an FBI forensic anthropologist.
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Using carbon dating, the scientist was able to determine the skull belonged to a young man who lived around 5,500-6,000 B.C., the Renville County Sheriff's Office said.
The young man is believed to have lived on a hearty diet of fish, maize, pearl millet, and sorghum, and the FBI anthropologist determined he died after sustaining a severe head wound.
Two kayakers on the Minnesota River happened upon a fragment of a human skull last year.— WCCO - CBS Minnesota (@WCCO) May 18, 2022
Now, an FBI forensic anthropologist estimates the bone belonged to a man who lived nearly 8,000 years ago.
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However, it is unconfirmed if he died from the head trauma, the report noted.
Images of the skull on Facebook were removed after Native American groups called it "very offensive to the Native American culture" to display the images.
Scientists appear excited about the discovery.
"There's probably not that many people at that time wandering around Minnesota 8,000 years ago, because, like I said, the glaciers have only retreated a few thousand years before that," Kathleen Blue, a professor of anthropology at Minnesota State University, said.
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"That period, we don’t know much about it," she added.