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Genome Analysis Sheds Light on the Origins of Kennewick Man

The remains of the Kennewick Man, unearthed in 1996 and dating back to approximately 9,000 years ago are the source of a dispute that lingers through decades.

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1/11/2019

article His daughter thought he looked like Kennewick Man. A DNA test revealed a genetic surprise
(Washington) -- Alexis Sanchez walked into the Kennewick library a few years back and was stopped in her tracks by a bust on display. She thought it looked just like her...

4/26/2018

article Commentary: Trying to learn the lesson of Kennewick Man
(Washington) -- The skeleton of Kennewick Man was discovered in 1996, but it took almost 20 years for researchers to determine scientifically that the bones, one of the...

6/2/2017

article Repatriation of Ancient One Celebrated
(Washington) -- Public officials, lawyers, historians tribal leaders from present and past, tribal elders and a handful of young adults gathered here May 12 to celebrate...

5/16/2017

article Guest column: Congress helped return Kennewick Man to Northwest tribes
(Washington) -- Congress seems to be synonymous with bitter partisan gridlock these days, and it’s not too often you hear about members working across the aisle to...

4/7/2017

article Northwest Tribes To Conduct Public Ceremony Marking Kennewick Man’s Return
(Washington) -- Returning an ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man to the earth was a private affair. After decades of legal battling, a couple hundred people gathered...

3/6/2017

article Opinion: Kennewick Man: Build bridges to prevent a repeat of ill will
(Washington) -- KENNEWICK Man is back in the earth. On December 16, 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, which...

2/23/2017

article Hundreds Attend Funeral for 8.4K-Year-Old Man
(Washington) -- The ancient bones of the Kennewick Man have been returned to the ground. More than 200 members of five Columbia Plateau tribes and bands gathered at an...

2/21/2017

article Kennewick Man’s Bones Reburied, Settling a Decades-Long Debate
(Washington) -- Unearthed in 1996 after part of his skull was found along the shores of the Columbia River in Washington, Kennewick Man, a 9,000-year-old Paleoamerican,...

2/20/2017

article After two decades, the Kennewick Man is reburied
(Washington) -- On a summer day in 1996, a pair of college students walking along the Columbia River in Kennewick, Wash., stumbled upon part of a human skull, about 10...

2/19/2017

article Ancient One, also known as Kennewick Man, repatriated
(Washington) -- Less than 24 hours after they were inventoried in Seattle, the remains of the Ancient One — also known as Kennewick Man — were laid to rest...
article Tribes bury remains of ancient ancestor, also called Kennewick Man
(Washington) -- In the high desert of the Columbia Plateau, more than 200 people gathered early Saturday to lay the Ancient One to rest, returning his 9,000-year-old...

2/17/2017

article Kennewick Man may be sent home to ancestral land soon
(Washington) -- The 9,000-year-old skeleton Native Americans call The Ancient One and scientists refer to as Kennewick Man may be headed back to his ancestral home very...

12/21/2016

article Kennewick Man Skeleton To Return To Native Americans For Reburial
(Washington D.C.) -- Kennewick Man will finally be laid to rest, it has been decided. One of the oldest and most complete skeletons found in North America will be given...

12/20/2016

article Murray Celebrates Imminent Return Of Kennewick Man To Northwest Tribes
(Washington) -- Several Northwest tribes are meeting this week with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and with the Washington state Department of Archaeology and Historic...
article Northwest Tribes Know Exactly How They Want To Return The Ancient One To Earth
(Washington) -- The tribes call Kennewick Man the Ancient One. And Armand Minthorn has been one of the most visible Northwest Native Americans fighting to rebury those...

12/19/2016

article Kennewick Man to return to Native Americans for reburial
(Washington) -- The Ancient One is going home. One of the oldest and most complete skeletons found in North America will be given back to American Indian tribes in...

12/12/2016

article Bill allowing return of Kennewick Man to tribes heads to President Obama
(Washington) -- The Yakama Nation and other Columbia Basin tribes are praising the passage of a bill in Congress that will return their ancestor, known as Kennewick Man...

12/11/2016

article After decade-long legal fight, Kennewick Man is set to be returned to Native American tribes
(Washington) -- It may have taken an act of Congress, but the Kennewick Man’s weary bones will now be laid to rest in a sacred grave on Native American tribal land...
article Congress will send Kennewick Man skeleton back to native tribes
(Washington) -- Congress has passed legislation enabling the transfer of the ancient skeleton called Kennewick Man from the federal government to Native American tribes...

12/7/2016

article Kennewick Man Would Return To Tribes Under Law Pending In Congress
(Washington) -- Members of the U.S. House and Senate expect to pass a law in the next few days that would return a 9,000-year old set of human remains to Northwest...

12/5/2016

article Kennewick Man skeleton closer to tribal return
(Washington) -- Legislation that would return the 8,400-year-old bones of Kennewick Man to Columbia Basin tribes could become law in the coming weeks. The legislation...

10/26/2016

article Conference continues on return of Ancient One
(Washington) -- A committee from the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate is now meeting to reconcile two versions of the Water Resource Development Act. The...

10/14/2016

article Chair discusses Sinixt case, the Ancient One
(Washington) -- During his General Membership welcome, council Chaiman Dr. Michael Marchand highlighted two ongoing matters, the Desautel-Sinixt Hunting case and the...

10/10/2016

article Case building to link ancient Kennewick Man to modern tribes
(Washington) -- A case is being built that ancient Kennewick Man was not a lone traveler, wandering the Columbia Plateau amongst people who looked little like him. He...

10/5/2016

article House votes to return Kennewick Man to tribes
(Washington) -- An amendment introduced by Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Yakima, that would return the Kennewick Man to Columbia Basin tribes was approved by the U.S. House of...

10/3/2016

article Ancient 'Kennewick Man' remains returned to Columbia River tribes
(Washington) -- Native American tribes in Washington State are celebrating after the U.S. Congress passed legislation to turn over ancient Indigenous human remains. The...

9/30/2016

article Bones of 'Kennewick Man' returning home for burial
(Washington) -- The 9,000-year-old bones known as "Kennewick Man" or "the Ancient One" will be returned to Columbia River tribes for burial under...

9/17/2016

article Yakama, other tribes laud Senate’s effort to return Kennewick Man
(Washington) -- The Yakamas and other tribes in the region are applauding the U.S. Senate for approving a measure that would allow the nearly 10,000-year-old remains of...

9/16/2016

article Skeleton of Kennewick Man could soon go to Washington state tribes
(Washington) -- Two decades after college students discovered the skeleton of the 8,400-year old Kennewick Man along the banks of the Columbia River, the U.S. Senate...
article Yakama Nation Applauds the U.S. Senate’s Action to Return Ancient One for Reburial
(Washington) -- Yakama Nation is pleased with the United States Senate’s action today, approving legislation that returns the Ancient One (also known as the...

7/30/2016

article Tribes commemorate 20 years since Kennewick Man discovery
(Washington) -- It was 20 years ago that the ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man was discovered. Members of numerous Indian tribes gathered Thursday along the...

7/28/2016

article Where Kennewick Man Stands, 20 Years After Discovery
(Washington) -- A legal saga involving five Native American tribes and a group of scientists—which may now be drawing to a close—began on July 28, 1996. On...

7/16/2016

article Opinion: Bring the ancient one home
(Alaska) -- The threads of history, culture and ancestry form a timeless and unbreakable weave in Native American life. The elders who came before us are as relevant...

6/8/2016

article Tribes lobby for return of the Ancient One
(Washington) -- Leaders from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Wanapum Band, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the Nez...

6/6/2016

article Northwest Tribes Push One More Law To Rebury Kennewick Man
(Washington) -- Several Northwest tribes including the Umatilla in northeast Oregon and the Yakama in central Washington state are in Washington D.C. this week. They...

5/19/2016

article Kennewick Man will be reburied, but quandaries around human remains won’t
(Washington D.C.) -- A mysterious set of 9,000-year-old bones, unearthed nearly 20 years ago in Washington, is finally going home. Following bitter disputes, five Native...

5/15/2016

article Scientists, bureaucrats and Indians fight over prehistoric Kennewick Man
(Washington) -- In 1996, college students Will Thomas and David Deacy found a skull in shallow water along the banks of the Columbia River in Washington and reported the...

5/14/2016

article How should the Ancient One's story end?
(Colorado) -- The epic saga of the skeleton known as the Ancient One (by Native Americans) and Kennewick Man (by scientists) has taken a wild turn. The story's...

5/12/2016

article Burying Bones of Contention: Native Americans Close to Getting Ancestral Skeleton Back
(Washington) -- When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said last month that the 9,000-year-old skeleton known as Kennewick Man, or the Ancient One, was ancestral to...

5/6/2016

article Pond: An Indian perspective of the Ancient One
(Arizona) -- We can’t look forward until we look into the past. The Ancient One has been suspended in time for nearly 20 years. A death in Indian culture is a very...

5/5/2016

article A Long, Complicated Battle Over 9,000-Year-Old Bones Is Finally Over
(Washington) -- Last week, there was a big development in the long-running, bitter, complicated battle over a 9,000-year-old set of bones known variously as “...

5/4/2016

article EDITORIAL: Lessons from the Ancient One
(Washington) -- The decades-long battle over the fate of the remains of an 8,500-year-old human known as Kennewick Man may be nearing an end. Last week, the US...

5/2/2016

article The ‘Ancient One,’ Kennewick Man, Is Native American And Will Soon Get A Tribal Burial
(Washington) -- After 9,000 years on a riverbank in Washington and 20 more being studied by scientists in a museum, a passionate debate over the origins of Kennewick Man...

5/1/2016

article Kennewick Man Will Return Home to Native American Tribes
(Washington) -- He’s been referred to as “the most important skeleton ever found in North America” by numerous experts over the years. Kennewick Man...

4/30/2016

article Corps determines Kennewick Man is Native American
(Washington) -- The ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man is related to modern Native American tribes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday, opening the...
article Over 9,000 Years Later, Kennewick Man Will Be Given a Native American Burial
(Washington) -- He’s been called “the most important human skeleton ever found in North America.” Known as Kennewick Man, the 9,000-year-old...
article US Government to Repatriate Kennewick Man
(Washington) -- A 2015 ancient DNA study determined that the 8,500-year-old skeletal remains belonged to an individual of Native American ancestry. Now, the US Army Corp...

4/29/2016

article At 9,000-years-old, 'Kennewick Man' could finally receive tribal burial
(Washington) -- A decades-long debate between scientists and native Americans over the ultimate fate of a mysterious 9,000-year-old skeleton advanced another step...

4/28/2016

article 9,000-year-old Kennewick Man set to receive Native American burial after decades in limbo
(Washington) -- Beer in hand, 21-year-old Will Thomas bent down in the middle of the Columbia River to grab what he thought was a rock.
article Army Corps opens door to return Kennewick Man bones to tribes
(Washington) -- The Army Corps of Engineers has determined that Kennewick Man is a Native American and will move forward with a process that could allow Northwest tribes...
article DNA ties 8,500-year-old ‘Kennewick Man’ skeleton to Native American tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- The ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man is related to modern Native American tribes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said last week, opening...
article It’s official: Kennewick Man is Native American
(Washington) -- Five tribes claiming Kennewick Man as a relative will work together to rebury him after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday it has validated...
article The Indians were right all along about this historic skull
(Washington) -- In 1996, a couple college students went on a beer-fueled mission to check out girls and ended up stumbling on what would be one of the most historic, and...
article Bill introduced in Senate to return Kennewick Man to tribes
(Washington) -- A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to require the federal government to give the bones of Kennewick Man back to the Indian tribes from which...

4/27/2016

article The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has determined that the skeleton known as Kennewick Man is related to modern Native American tribes
(Washington) -- The ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man is related to modern Native American tribes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday, opening the...

1/10/2016

article BC's Tales of the Pacific: What will become of the Kennewick Man?
(Marianas) -- LAST week we talked about the Kennewick Man and the storm of controversy surrounding him. For those who may have missed the column I will quickly summarize.

1/3/2016

article BC's Tales of the Pacific: Who is the Kennewick Man?
(Missouri) -- HAVE you heard of that old bag of bones known as Kennewick Man? I am not being disrespectful, he really is an old bag of bones, several thousand years old...

12/15/2015

article Year in review: Native Americans are Kennewick kin
(Washington) -- Kennewick Man, whose 8,500-year-old skeleton sparked a controversy when it was found in Washington state, was a relative of present-day Native Americans...

10/15/2015

article Kennewick Man skeleton is Native American after all, DNA evidence shows
(Washington) -- The origin of Kennewick Man, an almost complete skeleton dating back 8,400 to 8,690 years, has been debated by scholars, American Indian tribes, and the...

9/17/2015

article Kennewick Man: a never-ending nightmare for tribes
(Washington) -- The most unique quality of Kennewick Man, the 8,500-year-old skeleton that eroded out of a Columbia River bank nearly 20 years ago, is his knack for...

8/20/2015

article Tribes on Kennewick Man: 'We need to put him back'
(Washington) -- During the past decade, the tribes and bands of Eastern Washington have reburied more than 670 of their ancestors. It is past time to also rebury the...
article Tribes encouraged that Kennewick Man will be reburied
(Washington) -- During the past decade, the tribes and bands of Eastern Washington have reburied more than 670 of their ancestors. It is past time to also rebury the...

8/19/2015

article Senator unites with claimant tribes over Kennewick Man
(Washington) -- A Washington senator invited five tribes to speak at a press conference after she introduced a bill directing the return of 8,400-year-old remains of the...
article U.S. Senator Patty Murray Speaks on Bringing Kennewick Man Home
(Washington) -- Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) paid a visit to the Tri-Cities Wednesday afternoon to discuss her bill, the Bring the Ancient One Home Act of 2015. The...

8/14/2015

article Opinion: For the sake of research | Kennewick Man may be returned to tribes
(Washington) -- Kennewick Man, or The Ancient One, was a Native American man who is believed to have lived about 8,400 years ago. His remains, which were nearly complete...

8/11/2015

article New Bill Seeks Return Of Ancient Skeleton Of Kennewick Man To Tribes In Columbia
(Washington) -- The remains of a prehistoric man discovered nearly two decades ago may make it out of the museum and back home to his descendants. That is if a bill that...

8/10/2015

article Sen. Murray introduces bill to repatriate Kennewick Man to tribes
(Washington) -- Tribes in the Pacific Northwest will finally get to reclaim one of their ancestors if Congress enacts legislation that was introduced in the Senate last...

8/8/2015

article Sen. Murray submits bill to return ancient bones to tribes
(Washington) -- The ancient skeleton of Kennewick Man should be returned to a group of Columbia Basin tribes, according to a bill introduced Thursday by U.S. Sen. Patty...

8/6/2015

article Murray wants Kennewick Man returned to tribes
(Washington) -- U.S. Sen. Patty Murray has introduced legislation that would return Kennewick Man to a coalition of Columbia Basin tribes. Experts believe the remains,...
article Sen. Patty Murray: Time to Put Kennewick Man Back in the Ground
(Washington) -- Sen. Patty Murray today introduced a bill that would get the ball rolling on returning the ancient remains of Kennewick Man—or the Ancient One...

7/15/2015

article Can A Skeleton Heal Rift Between Native Americans, Scientists?
(Washington) -- Mistrust and rancor often mark relations between Native Americans and scientists who study the arrival and spread of the first humans into the New World...

7/14/2015

article DNA From Kennewick Man Shows He Was Native American, Says Study With SMU Ties
(Texas) -- Nearly two decades after an ancient skeleton was discovered in Kennewick, Washington, scientists finally have a better idea about its hotly-debated origins....

7/13/2015

article Archeology: Kennewick Man remains a valuable teacher
(Ohio) -- Kennewick Man, or the “ancient one” as some American Indians call him, is North America’s most famous and controversial ancient American...

6/30/2015

article BLOG: The Dangers of Kennewick Man's DNA
(Denver) -- An article in Nature recently overturned our understanding of Kennewick Man, the controversial 9,300-year-old set of remains previously described as "...

6/27/2015

article MURPHY'S LAW: My Other Hometown
(Washington) -- I’m sure you all know by now that the little Town of Luke is my hometown and the place closest to my heart. It is located in Western Maryland and...

6/23/2015

article Inslee Asks Army Corps To Return 'Kennewick Man' To Tribes
(Washington) -- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to return the remains of an ancient skeleton called the Kennewick Man to...
article Inslee to Corps: Give Kennewick Man to tribes
(Washington) -- With DNA showing a genetic link to Native Americans, Gov. Jay Inslee says it’s time for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to hand Kennewick Man over...

6/21/2015

article DNA lifts Kennewick-man fog
(Arkansas) -- In July 1996, two college students were wading in the shallows of the Columbia River near the town of Kennewick, Wash., when they stumbled across a human...
article DNA Reveals Relatives of 8,500-Year-Old Kennewick Man Skeleton from Washington to Be Native Americans
(USA) -- After nearly a decade of debate, DNA tests confirm the 8,500-year-old skeleton found in Kennewick, Washington to be closely-related to Native Americans from the...
article Genome Analysis Sheds Light on the Origins of Kennewick Man
(USA) -- The remains of the Kennewick Man, unearthed in 1996 and dating back to approximately 9,000 years ago are the source of a dispute that lingers through decades.

6/19/2015

article Ancestry and DNA analysis: 5 things to know about Kennewick Man
(Washington) -- Kennewick Man, one of the most fascinating and controversial anthropological subjects in Northwest history, has been the subject of books and lawsuits....
article Case Closed? DNA Links 8,500-Year-Old Kennewick Man to Native Americans
(Washington) -- DNA tests show a genetic link between 8,500-year-old human bones found in Washington state and the Native American tribes that live in the region today...
article Colville Tribal DNA bridges Native American connection with Kennewick Man
(Washington) -- Representatives from five tribes smiled as they posed for a photograph with Dr. Eske Willerslev following a press conference revealing results that...
article What’s next for Kennewick Man, now that DNA says he’s Native American?
(Washington) -- First came the science, with researchers explaining how they analyzed Kennewick Man’s DNA and concluded that the 9,000-year-old skeleton from...

6/18/2015

article DNA from ancient skeleton shows ties to Native Americans
(Washington) -- An ancient skeleton found nearly 20 years ago in a river in Washington is related to Native Americans, says a DNA study that could help resolve a long-...
article Genetic analysis says Kennewick Man is a Native American after all
(Washington) -- The mysterious Kennewick Man was a Native American after all. That’s the bombshell conclusion of a new genetic analysis of the prehistoric hunter...
article Kennewick Man mystery solved: DNA says he’s Native American
(Washington) -- An ancient skeleton unearthed in Eastern Washington sparked years of contention between scientists and Indian tribes that claimed it as an ancestor. Now...
article Kennewick Man Was Native American
(Washington) -- The Kennewick Man, discovered nearly 10 years ago on a bank of the Columbia River near Kennewick, Washington, was Native American, according to a study...
article New DNA Results Show Kennewick Man Was Native American
(Washington) -- In July 1996, two college students were wading in the shallows of the Columbia River near the town of Kennewick, Wash., when they stumbled across a human...
article The ancestry and affiliations of Kennewick Man
(Washington) -- Kennewick Man, referred to as the Ancient One by Native Americans, is a male human skeleton discovered in Washington state (USA) in 1996 and initially...
article Yakamas again seek return of ‘Ancient One’s remains in light of DNA results
(Washington) -- Yakama tribal leaders once again are calling for the immediate return of the remains of Kennewick Man after a DNA study published Thursday concluded he...

4/4/2015

article Real Paleo, Kennewick Man, Ate Mostly Seafood
(Washington) -- Analysis of the 9,000-year-old remains of the so-called Kennewick man who lived in what is now Washington state reveals this actual Paleo man didn’...

2/19/2015

article MTSU professor aids 'Kennewick Man' study
(Tennessee) -- An MTSU professor's contribution to a new book has helped alter the discussion about the origins of humankind on the North American continent,...

1/25/2015

article Kennewick Man’s DNA likely that of a Native
(Washington) -- Nearly two decades after the ancient skeleton called Kennewick Man was discovered on the banks of the Columbia River, the mystery of his origins appears...

1/20/2015

article New Clues Emerge About Kennewick Man
(Oregon) -- Scientists have preliminary DNA evidence about the skeleton known as Kennewick Man. That DNA comes from the 9-thousand-year-old human skeleton found near the...

1/19/2015

article 10 years of research says mysterious 9,500-year-old skeleton may have been a Native American
(Washington) -- Roughly twenty years since the discovery of the 9,500-year-old skeleton known as Kennewick Man in southeastern Washington, researchers seem to be nearing...

1/18/2015

article Tests: Kennewick Man was Native American
(Washington) -- Nearly two decades after the ancient skeleton called Kennewick Man was discovered on the banks of the Columbia River, the mystery of his origins appears...

1/17/2015

article First DNA tests say Kennewick Man was Native American
(Washington) -- Nearly two decades after the ancient skeleton called Kennewick Man was discovered on the banks of the Columbia River, the mystery of his origins appears...

1/13/2015

article The battle for Kennewick Man
(Washington) -- My Christmas reading included a fascinating new book called Kennewick Man, a study of skeletal remains discovered in 1996 on the bank of the Columbia...

12/4/2014

article Book review: Kennewick Man, a discovery that changed our understanding early humanity
(Washington) -- On July 28, 1996, Will Thomas and Dave Deacy spent the day watching hydroplanes race on Lake Wallula, a reservoir on the Columbia River in central...

11/12/2014

article 9,000-year-old man yields secrets of America's earliest inhabitants
(Washington D.C.) -- Eighteen years after his near-complete skeletal remains were found along the bank of the Columbia River in eastern Washington, Kennewick Man is...

10/16/2014

article Researcher shares insight on Kennewick Man
(Texas) -- Douglas Owsley, physical anthropologist at the Smithsonian Institution, discussed his research on the archaeological discovery of the Kennewick Man on...

9/7/2014

article Our Voice: Kennewick Man still has stories to share with us
(Washington) -- Who would have thought that a couple of college kids looking for some fun at the boat races would have ignited a decades-long battle over some bones?

9/6/2014

article Carroll: The Kennewick Man finally in full focus
(Colorado) -- Shortly before he retired a decade ago, Colorado Republican Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell sought to give Indian tribes the right to claim ancient remains...
article The Kennewick Man Finally Freed to Share His Secrets
(Washington) -- In the summer of 1996, two college students in Kennewick, Washington, stumbled on a human skull while wading in the shallows along the Columbia River.

9/1/2014

article Kennewick Man came from far away, says study
(Washington) -- Scientists contributing to a recent, peer reviewed book on the 9 000 skeleton known as Kennewick man have come to some interesting conclusions about his...

8/26/2014

article 9000-Year-Old Kennewick Man Sheds Light on Ancient America [VIDEO]
(Washington) -- For almost 20 years, scientists have puzzled over the 9,000-year-old bones of an early American known as Kennewick Man. Now, a 680-page book with...
article Scientists publish lengthy book based on study of Kennewick Man
(Washington) -- Scientists have finally published their research into the 9,500-year-old remains of the Kennewick Man. The Washington Post obtained a copy of Kennewick...

8/25/2014

article Kennewick Man's Ancient Secrets Told in 680-Page Book
(Washington) -- For 18 years, scientists have puzzled over the 9,000-year-old bones of an early American known as Kennewick Man — and Native American tribes have...
article Scientists: Mysterious Kennewick Man looked Polynesian and came from far away
(Washington) -- The mysterious Kennewick Man, who died 9,000 years ago in the Columbia River Valley, was a seal hunter who rambled far and wide with a projectile point...
article The Kennewick Man Finally Freed to Share His Secrets
(Washington) -- In the summer of 1996, two college students in Kennewick, Washington, stumbled on a human skull while wading in the shallows along the Columbia River....

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