Prehistoric human jaw found in the Iowa River

Prehistoric human jaw found in the Iowa River

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.

A prehistoric human jaw was found in the Iowa River in August 2022, according to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office.

Marshall County Sheriff’s Office

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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