Scientists discover oldest intact skeleton in new world 

An accidental underwater discovery made by a group of recreational scuba divers in a remote cave in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula has yielded the oldest intact human skeleton ever found in the Americas, a find which holds important clues in the debate about the origins of the first Americans, according to a new research paperpublished Thursday in the journal Science.

Divers discovered the near-complete skeleton of a teenage girl from the Late Pleistocene age in an underwater cave called Hoyo Negro just outside of Tulum, Mexico. An international team of scientists and divers has determined that Naia, as she has been nicknamed, is between 12,000 and 13,000 years old.

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