A jaw found in Iowa last month belonged to a prehistoric man, officials determined.
On August 11, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office said the conservation team found a possible human lower jaw in the Iowa River. While it was intact, officials said it had deteriorated to the point where they believed it was a few years old. Three other potential human bones were also found in the area.
The Marshall County Medical Examiner was contacted and authorities began investigating the findings.
More than a month later, the sheriff’s office said Wednesday that the jaw likely belonged to a middle-aged prehistoric Native American. The bone was studied by the Office of the State Archaeologist at the University of Iowa.
The other three bones were determined to be non-human, according to the sheriff’s office.
Archaeologists will likely conduct more analysis on the jaw, the sheriff’s office said.
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