Divers have uncovered what they think is the oldest skeleton in the Americas, which dates back 13,000 years and belongs to a teenage Mexican girl. The DNA is very ancient, older than the east-Asian ancestors of ancient Native Americans.
The study, led by the Mexican government’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) with support from the National Geographic Society, was published in the journal Science on Friday.
The 15-16 year old Naia, as the scientists called her, was probably searching for water when she plunged to her death into an underground cave system during the last Ice Age. The place is ominously known as the ‘Hoyo Negro’ – the Black Hole – and is located in the Yucatan Peninsula in southeastern Mexico.