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No Bone Unturned: The Adventures of a Top Smithsonian Forensic Scientist and the Legal Battle for America's Oldest Skeletons

No Bone Unturned: The Adventures of a Top Smithsonian Forensic Scientist and the Legal Battle for America's Oldest Skeletons

A curator for the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Doug Owsley painstakingly rebuilds skeletons, helping to identify them and determine their cause of death. He has worked on several notorious cases - from mass graves uncovered in Croatia to the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon - and has examined historic skeletons tens of thousands of years old. But the discovery of Kennewick Man, a 9,600-year-old human skeleton found along the banks of Washington's Columbia River, was a find that would turn Owsley's life upside down.

Days before Owsley was scheduled to study the skeleton, the government seized it to bury Kennewick Man's bones on the land of the Native American tribes who claimed him. Along with other leading scientists, Owsley sued the U.S. government over custody. Concerned that knowledge about our past and our history would be lost forever if the bones were reburied, Owsley fought a legal and political battle for six years, putting everything at risk, jeopardizing his career and his reputation.

Prologue: Summer 1962 - Lusk, Wyoming

Chapter 1: High-stakes Playground

Chapter 2: Opening Coffins

Chapter 3: Bone Fragments

Chapter 4: Going to Guatemala

Chapter 5: Outsmarting the Devil

Chapter 6: Into the Crypt

Chapter 7: Building People

Chapter 8: Remains of the Day

Chapter 9: The Probe

Chapter 10: Evil is Real

Chapter 11: Unwrapping a Mummy

Chapter 12: Somebody Else is here

Chapter 13: Humans Remain

Chapter 14: Airfare for a Skeleton

Chapter 15: Destination Unknown

Chapter 16: Rush to Repatriate

Chapter 17: We know How Time Began

Chapter 18: The Client

Chapter 19: Senior Girl

Chapter 20: Eight Men Out

Chapter 21: About-Face

Chapter 22: Where did you get these Africans?

Chapter 23: Turning the Lights on

Chapter 24: Stand and Fight

Chapter 25: Intent

Chapter 26: Science Evolves

Chapter 27: Virtual Reality

Chapter 28: The Cover-up

Chapter 29: Lie Detector

Chapter 30: Skin Thickness

Chapter 31: Objection

Chapter 32: One Look

Chapter 33: Going Deep

Chapter 34: Spin Cycle

Chapter 35: Show Time

Chapter 36: White House Involvement

Chapter 37: What you see here Stays here

Chapter 38: In Demand

Chapter 39: The Decision

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