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Rumble in the Jungle

A bitter scientific dispute erupts around the Yanomami Indians

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3:23pm, January 29, 2001

Napolean A. Chagnon got a rude shock when he first trekked through the Venezuelan rainforest to a Yanomami village in 1964. The aspiring anthropologist expected that the then-obscure Amazonian natives would gladly describe their family histories and marriage practices.

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