13,000-year-old body of teen found in Mexico
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
5/17/2014 (4 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
A 13,000 year old skeleton, found undersea in Mexico, has become the talk of the scientific world. The skeleton of the teen-aged girl reportedly has DNA and genetic markers which indicate that she shared the same ancestry with modern Native Americans and paleoamericans.
Bones from the skeleton of the woman whom scientists named "Naia". The oldest human discovered in North America.
span style="line-height: 1.22;">LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The body of the girl was found in a limestone cave that was filled with fossils and skeletons of a number of other pre-historic animals, a treasure trove that will keep scientists occupied for years to come.
Join the fight to end world hunger.
The girl, named Naia by scientists, has become a popular topic not just in the United States and the Americas, but also across the rest of the world. Being the oldest ice age human remains found in North America, her discovery has been compared to that of "Lucy", the most complete fossil of an ancient hominid found in Ethiopia in the 1970's.
A report published on May 15 about the thorough genetic testing done on Naia, researchers concluded that the 14 or 15-year-old girl was probably of very short height, less than five feet tall. Scientists suggest that carbon-dating of her teeth and isotope data from crystals that formed on her bones proved the greatest help in estimating the time span in which Naia walked this part of the earth. Scientists also concluded that Naia might have been searching for water when she entered the underground cave and plummeted 100 feet into the massive chamber now called Hoyo Negro, or black hole.
Naia's discovery has also led to some interesting questions. Naia looks very different from today's Native Americans; she has a prominent forehead, a flat nose and outward-jutting teeth, the opposite of the modern Native American.
"This is the first time that we have genetic data from a skeleton that exhibits these distinctive skull and facial features," Deborah Bolnick, an anthropological geneticist at the University of Texas at Austin and one of the study's co-authors, told National Geographic.
Relatively recent, rapid evolution are one possible explanation. Another is that there were multiple pre-historic migrations to the continent.
"Just like the story of Lucy, from where I originated myself, and our rovers right now on Mars, Naia's story touches, I believe, on our hunger for deep human connection in space and time," Yemane Asmerom, a geochemist from the University of New Mexico who helped discern Naia's age, told reporters, according to NBC News. "This is truly an extraordinary discovery."
Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for APRIL 2018
For those who have Responsibility in Economic Matters. That economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.
Like any figure of importance, there is high likelihood that the Pope or another Catholic leader could be the subject of a fake video using ... continue reading
NASA is about to begin a hunt for alien planets near Earth, the first such survey ever conducted. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite ... continue reading
Chinese space station, Tiangong-1 is falling back to Earth and is expected to burn up on or around April 1. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading
Facebook has been caught in two new scandals, both with political implications. Unbeknownst to millions of users, Facebook has been quietly ... continue reading
The death of Stephen Hawking this week prompted a leading Catholic scientist to reflect on the life of the famed physicist, including his ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Did Pope Francis blame God for a man's same-sex desire?
- Gates of hell open on Hawaii HD Video
- Commit yourself to ending war this Memorial Day
- Daily Readings for Tuesday, May 22, 2018
- St. Rita: Saint of the Day for Tuesday, May 22, 2018
- Pope Francis to appoint 14 new cardinals
- The Good Friday Prayer HD Video
- Prayer for the Family HD
- Prayer for Protection Against Storms and Floods HD
- Daily Reading for Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 HD
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way
Teacher lesson plans & resources
Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education