Eve of Naharon

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Eve of Naharon (Spanish: Eva de Naharon) is the skeleton of a 25- to 30-year-old human female found in the Naharon section of the underwater cave Sistema Naranjal in Mexico near the town of Tulum, around 80 miles south west of Cancún.[1] The skeleton is notable for being carbon dated to 13,600 years old and has bone structure that is more consistent with that of people from Southern Asia than that of people from Northern Asia. Other skeletons found within the cave are said to be between 11,000 and 14,000 years old.[2] The salt water now covering this site is said to have an effect on the accuracy of the carbon dating.[3] This similarity has called into question the timeline and geographic origin in the current theory of New World settlement by peoples from Northern Asia.[4] However, various studies[citation needed] have shown that cranial morphology is much more plastic than earlier believed, and that the so-called Mongoloid look hadn't yet developed in Asia. This implies that people may not have come to America from North Asia through a land-bridge which is now underwater as previously thought.[2] The oldest DNA found in the Americas is still consistent with that of modern Native Americans.


  1. ^ Floyd B. Largent, Jr. (June 2005). "Early Humans South of the Border" (PDF). Mammoth Trumpet 20 (3): 8–11. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Oldest Skeleton in Americas Found in Underwater Cave?". 
  3. ^ "Peopling Of The Americas: Eva de Naharon, A 13,600 Year Old Skeleton Found Near Tulum, Mexico". 
  4. ^ Eliza Barclay (September 3, 2008). "Oldest Skeleton in Americas Found in Underwater Cave?". National Geographic News (National Geographic). Retrieved February 20, 2011.