The team, who is set to present the findings at this years’ at the annual Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Calgary, Alberta (Canada) on Saturday, says the remarkable discovery offers new insight on life at the end of the last Ice Age.
‘This represents the oldest and most complete early human skeleton in the Americas, and she co-existed with a variety of megafauna,’ Schubert said.
Divers investigating the notorious pit dubbed ‘Hoyo Negro’ (or, Black Hole) have recovered a trove of bones dating back roughly 13,000 years, revealing the remains of several Pleistocene species – and even the remains of Naia, a 15 year old girl who is the most complete early human ever found in America.
But, for many unfortunate creatures, the journey ended in untimely death at the bottom of an inescapable pit Among the bones recovered so far were three different types of giant ground sloth, one of which is now said to be an entirely new species.
The girl's nearly complete skeleton was discovered by chance in 2007 by expert divers who were mapping water-filled caves north of the city of Tulum, in the eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula.
She plunged to her death in a large pit known as ‘Hoyo Negro’, Spanish for ‘black hole’, in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
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In addition to the near-complete human skeleton, the researchers found the remains of 26 large mammals, including extinct taxa such as sabertooths and gomphotheres.
Thousands of years ago, the now-flooded caves deep beneath Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula served as passageways for the humans and animals of the last Ice Age.
But, for many unfortunate creatures, the journey across the horizontal passage ended in untimely death at the bottom of an inescapable pit.
They also found the remains of short-faced bears, mountain lions, sabertooth cats, the elephant-relative gomphothere, and tapirs.
And, alongside the Pleistocene megafauna, the divers discovered the ‘most complete early human skeleton,’ found yet in the Americas.Volta's pile was at first a technical curiosity but this new electrochemical phenomenon very quickly opened the door to new branches of both physics and chemistry and a myriad of discoveries, inventions and applications.