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Explorers have discovered what might be the oldest evidence of humans in the Americas.
Alex Alvarez, Franco Attolini, and Alberto (Beto) Nava are members of PET (Projecto Espeleológico de Tulum), an organization that specializes in the exploration and survey of underwater caves on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.
Alex, Franco and Beto have surveyed tens of thousands of feet of mazelike cave passages in the state of Quintana Roo. The team's relatively recent explorations of a large pit named Hoyo Negro (Black Hole, in Spanish), deep within a flooded cave, resulted in their breathtaking
Originally posted by Illusionsaregrander
Awesome thread. Very interesting. I hope they can get some DNA off it. I am very curious if they can find any evidence that people sailed the Atlantic. I personally suspect that the ancients were much more adept sailors than moderns suspect, and that they began far earlier.
Off the northern shore of Nanumaga island in western Polynesia's Tuvalu island group last year, two scuba divers investigating a local legend of "a large house under the sea" found an underwater cave morethan 40 metres down the wall of a coral cliff. Dark patches on the roof and walls and blackened coral fragments on its floor suggest the use of fire by human occupants.
The last time people could possibly have occupied the cave was during a time of low sea level more than 8000 years ago, a date sharply at odds with the view that the Pacific was settled just 6000 years ago. The evidence of fire may be ambiguous, but the durable cultural memory of the cave's existence is not so easily dismissed.
Pacific archeologists may have got it very wrong. In focusing on archaeological evidence, they have been blind to a vital piece of climatic evidence - a massive and continuous rise in sea level that began l8,000 years ago and stopped 4000 years ago and probably drowned most of the evidence of much earlier human migrations into the Pacific.