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Clyde Snow dies at 86; forensic anthropologist read old bones' secrets
Clyde Snow dies at 86; forensic anthropologist read old bones' secrets

When Clyde Snow testified at the 2006 genocide trial of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, the defendant confronted him with a question Snow futilely yearned to answer. As one of the world's foremost forensic anthropologists, the wisecracking, chain-smoking Oklahoman had been on the witness stand many times before. But seldom had he been given the kind of golden opportunity he was handed in court by the deposed dictator, who contended that the bones in a mass grave examined by Snow could have been those of Hittites from thousands of years before. "I knew the Hittites were an advanced civilization," Snow wanted to say, "but I didn't know they were so advanced that they had...

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