NAT GEO VIDEO: Giant Underwater Cave Was Hiding Oldest Human Skeleton in the Americas

By  //  November 19, 2016

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The image of scientists 140 feet underwater, delicately holding the skull of a teenage girl from the last ice age, is one you’re unlikely to forget. In this video, we join explorer Alberto Nava on a journey into a submerged cave, where this discovery lay in wait for 13,000 years. When I interviewed Nava for this video, what struck me most was his admiration for this long-deceased teenager and her people and his commitment to preserving and respecting their legacy. This video is one small part of that effort.

Giant Underwater Cave Was Hiding Oldest Human Skeleton in the Americas
The image of scientists 140 feet underwater, delicately holding the skull of a teenage girl from the last ice age, is one you’re unlikely to forget. In this video, we join explorer Alberto Nava on a journey into a submerged cave, where this discovery lay in wait for 13,000 years. When I interviewed Nava for this video, what struck me most was his admiration for this long-deceased teenager and her people and his commitment to preserving and respecting their legacy. This video is one small part of that effort.

—Nora Rappaport, producer/editor


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