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Divers find Ancient skeleton in Mexican cave

16th May 2014

Check out this extraordinary find in a cave in Mexico where divers came across the skeleton of a teenage girl from 12,000 years ago. Wow! And there’s more:

‘Cave divers chanced upon the girl’s skeleton, along with the bones of sabre-tooth cats, giant ground sloths and cave bears, in a vast water-filled cavern they discovered while exploring a submerged network of tunnels reached from a sinkhole in the Yucatan jungle.’

The divers ascending with a 12,000 year old skull

It is believed she may have entered the cave in the search for drinking water and fallen into the 40 m deep cave (in the same way as the other animals) and broken her pelvis. Everybody knows that Mexico is one of the world’s premier dive destinations but most recreational scuba divers stick to the amazing liveaboards of the pacific cost or the Caribbean sea. These 3 divers were doing something way beyond recreational scuba limits:

‘…the trio had entered a crystal-clear pool that fed into the cave system. After swimming along a flooded tunnel for more than a kilometre, the cavern opened up before them… As the divers explored the cavern, they spotted a human skull perched on a ledge among some other bones. “It was a small cranium laying upside down with a perfect set of teeth and dark eye sockets looking back at us. The skull was resting on its humerus [an upper arm bone] and we could see the rest of the upper torso spread to the left and down on the ledge”.’

We can’t promise you historically significant skeletons if you book with us to dive Mexico, but we can promise you an awesome diving holiday. Our main recommendation for recreational divers is not kilometre long cave tunnels, but the expanse of the pacific ocean where pretty fantastic liveaboards bring you to breath-taking places like Socorro and Guadalupe island. Contact Dive The World right away on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.

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