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The skinny: Ancient human skeleton is found — again

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Ancient human skeleton is found — again

An archaeology museum in Philadelphia has made an extraordinary find — in its own storage rooms. The University of Pennsylvania's Penn Museum announced Tuesday that it had rediscovered a 6,500-year-old human skeleton originally excavated from southern Iraq around 1930. The complete remains, which had been kept in a coffinlike box, were missing documentation until researchers recently began digitizing the museum's collection from an expedition to Ur, an ancient city near modern-day Nasiriyah. The skeleton is believed to be that of a well-muscled man at least 50 who stood 5 feet, 9 inches tall, said Janet Monge, chief curator of physical anthropology. Complete human skeletons from the era are rare, she said.

Pests rule

Flea infestation shuts courthouse

A western New York courthouse was closed for a second consecutive day on Tuesday because of an infestation of fleas. New York state court officials told the Daily News of Batavia that the Orleans County Courthouse in Albion was overcome by the little pests. Court officials said remediation work began Monday and the courthouse should be ready for human occupation today. The source of the fleas wasn't made clear.

Sure sign of a crash

A snake, some pot and a bad driver

A woman who crashed her car into a Long Island, N.Y., fire station was found to be in possession of marijuana — and a stolen snake wrapped around her neck. Nassau County police said Sarah Espinosa, 22, of Albany crossed a median and collided with a vehicle Monday. She then drove through the front door of the New Hyde Park fire station and hit two fire trucks. Fire personnel found the small ball python around her neck. It was stolen from a pet store before the accident. Espinosa faces numerous charges.

Compiled from wire services

The skinny: Ancient human skeleton is found — again 08/05/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 10:39pm]
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