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Diver in a cenote in Mexico. Public Domain.

13,700-Year-Old Skeleton in Mexican Cenote Reveals Human Origins (Video)

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Deep within Mexico's subterranean realm lies a site of immense archaeological significance. Recent discoveries have reshaped our understanding of the earliest human presence in the Americas, revealing a group of organized hunters who thrived thousands of years earlier than previously believed. Led by Octavio del Rio from the National Institute of Anthropology in Tulum, a groundbreaking research project delved into the underwater caverns known as cenotes.

In this remote and isolated environment, an astonishing find emerged — a remarkably preserved human skeleton dating back 13,700 years. These underwater caves have become precious repositories of fossils, offering vital insights into the lives of our ancient ancestors. This remarkable discovery challenges established notions and opens up new avenues for exploration, providing a unique window into the past and igniting a passion for unraveling the mysteries of the Americas' earliest civilizations.

Top image: Diver in a cenote in Mexico. Public Domain.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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