When a 9,200 year-old skeleton is accidentally discovered in Washington State, no one could have imagined that the incident would erupt into a stormy debate about the very origins of the earliest inhabitants of North America. Local Native American tribes lay claim to the remains, but scientists feel that further study is imperative to better understand the evolutionary patterns of the ancient peoples’ migration to America. For years Kennewick Man, as the skeleton is known, is locked in a museum until the courts and all concerned parties decide his fate. Is he a descendent of a different genetic pool, genetic drift or natural selection? The answers could shed light on our evolutionary past.