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DNA from skull links Ice Age girl to Native Americans alive today
DNA from skull links Ice Age girl to Native Americans alive today

The divers called her Naia, for “water nymph,” because they discovered her teenage remains in a dark, underwater cave in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. She had been hidden there for more than 12,000 years — along with the bones of dozens of extinct Ice Age beasts — and divers quickly spotted her skull as they swept the chamber with flashlights. “It was a small cranium laying upside-down with a perfect set of teeth and dark eye sockets looking back at us,” recalled diver Alberto Nava of Bay Area Underwater Explorers, a nonprofit conservation organization based in Berkeley. On Thursday, researchers published a formal analysis of Naia's...

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