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Planet Earth

Case Not Closed?

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorJuly 3, 2009 5:45 PM

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Mysterious disappearances of adventurous young wander seekers seem to captivate journalists, Hollywood and the public. So of course there was a lot of buzz when National Geographic Adventure announced recently that it had identified the skeleton of Everett Ruess, who had disappeared 75 years ago in the Southwest's Four Corners region. Not so fast, says Kevin Jones, Utah's state archaeologist:

I'm not convinced that it's him. A lot of people threw aside their skepticism with the announcement of the DNA tests. They don't realize that DNA is just another line of evidence, and can yield mistakes as well.

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