Undersea Cave Yields One of Oldest Skeletons in Americas Ritually placed in once dry cavern, Mexico skeleton offers clues to first Americans.
National Geographic Ker Than September 14, 2010
Photograph courtesy Jerónimo Avilés and Eugenio Acévez The Young Man of Chan Hol lies in a Mexican undersea cave before the bones' removal last month.
Apparently laid to rest more than 10,000 years ago in a fiery ritual, one of the oldest skeletons in the Americas has been retrieved from an undersea cave along Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, researchers say.
Dating to a time when the now lush region was a near desert, the "Young Man of Chan Hol" may help uncover how the first Americans arrived—and who they were.