In an underwater cave in the Yucatán, divers discovered a near-complete human skeleton dating to the first wave of migration to North America. DNA evidence from these remains is helping scientists solve a long-standing mystery about whether contemporary Native Americans are descended from these first American arrivals.
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Science: Late Pleistocene Human Skeleton and mtDNA Link Paleoamericans and Modern Native Americans
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Image: Diver Susan Bird working at the bottom of Hoyo Negro, a large dome-shaped underwater cave on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. She carefully brushes the human skull found at the site while her team members take detailed photographs.
[Image courtesy of Paul Nicklen/National Geographic]