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500-5,000-year-old woman’s remains found in Minnesota

The remains of a woman dating between 500 to 5,000 years ago has been found at a construction site in Avon, Minnesota.

The remains didn’t include a complete skull or a full set of teeth, which can help determine ethnic origin, Anfinson said.

But there were clues: A number of her teeth had fallen out naturally and one remaining tooth was heavily worn with no cavities. The hunter-gatherer diet of prehistoric American Indians was relatively free of sugar, but their teeth tended to wear down from grinding meat, he said.

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