The Associated Press reports that three professors have filed a law suit to stop the transfer of ancient bones transfer to an American Indian tribe for a traditional burial.
Two skeletons had rested undisturbed on a San Diego cliff top for nearly 10,000 years are at issue.
The University of California, San Diego, intended to transfer the skeletons of a man and woman to a tribe, but the lawsuits are complicating this plan.
The bones were discovered in 1976 during an excavation. The university was preparing to give the bones to the local Kumeyaay Tribe when three UC professors filed a lawsuit Monday in Northern California to block the transfer. The professor argue that the bones are precious research objects and there is no evidence that they are Native American remains.