Ancient Skeleton Missing From Cave

Archaeologists place wanted posters


A 10,000-year-old skeleton of an early American dubbed Young Hol Chan II has vanished from the underwater reservoir where it was interred in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Mexico City’s National Institute of Anthropology and History posted “wanted” flyers in supermarkets, bakeries, and dive shops around the town of Tulum, asking residents to keep a lookout for the bones, which they presume were stolen. The cenote, or sinkhole, in which the remains were discovered in 2010 also holds the Young Man of Chan Hol, along with ancient elephants and giant sloths entombed when sea levels were lower. Archaeologists have no way of guarding the hundreds of cenotes in the region.

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