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The Mystery of The Stolen Girl From Tulum

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The discovered skeleton, named as “The stolen girl” from the Chan Hol cave, in the area of Tulum, Quintana Roo disappeared.

Wednesday of 9th of May 2012

The missing skeleton which disappeared from Chan Hol cave last march was not originally mentioned as the “Young from Hol Chan I” or “Man of the Temple”, but it was a different remnant named as “Chan Hol II” and now dubbed as “The girl stolen from Chan Hol”.

The skeleton is in fact the best preserved remains of the seven similar found in the underground cave systems which was flooded during the Ice Age over 10 thousand years ago and by which its gender was confirmed through the subtracted hip bone; but prior to that they were dry for more than thousands of years and were actually a shelter and site for water collection serving the first populations of Americans from Southeast Asia.

“The girl stolen from Chan Hol cave”, located in Tulum was recorded to be the eighth prehistoric human skeleton. The footprint data from the end stage of the Ice Age, generally known as Upper Pleistocene, is by far the most important evidence that the first settlements in this field as well as the rest of America, not only came walking through the Bering Strait”, Jeronimo Aviles Olguin, co-author of the “Study of the pre ceramic human groups from the east coast of Quintana Roo”, says. INAH, involving other persons, like biologist Arturo Gonzalez, speleologist Eugenio Acevez, physical anthropologists Alejandro Terrazas and Martha Benavente supported the study.

The value of this skeleton is that, in contrast to the old ones, it is the best preserved given that the bones were covered with a mineral deposit making them more resilient. “The entire bone was covered with speleothem, which is actually a mineral deposit making it much stronger, in comparison to Chan Hol I which was significantly crumbling”, according to the statement of Aviles Olguin.

Arturo Gonzalez, the coordinator of project, explained that Chan Hol II is very important because it is a piece of a puzzle that will provide findings and help understand the settling of America, at the same time understand the changes in ecosystem and natural disasters specifically global warming.

The Partial Finding Of The Human Remains

Avil’s Olguin break the story that the Chan Hol II was last seen March the 16th and its disappearance was confirmed on the 23rd. The following day, archaeologist Carmen Rojas released the skeleton’s disappearance in the social networking sites. “The skeleton’s existence was recorded via a photographic record; after that, the moment they returned to do a comparison, they mentioned that 80% of the skeleton was lost or stolen”,he states.

The news quickly spread throughout the world, but the partial finding of the human remains was barely released, for some reason.

Restoring The Ancient Human Remains

The salvage of the ancient skeleton was under the charge of Jerome Aviles Olguin together with other professionals who made a dive in two in April and obtained some skeleton parts. “A vertebrae, rib fragments, jaw, molar and two incisors, hand and feet bones are what we have rescued and they are confirmed to have come from a very old skeleton,” Aviles Olguin specifies.

For the study to be conducted, the material was then transferred to the UNAM’s Institute of Anthropological Research. The hip, that was not stolen, may be because it was scared, was the main element to ascertain that the skeleton’s gender isn’t of a man, on the other hand of a young and powerful woman, in accordance with the observations made by anthropologists Benavante and Terrazas. At the same time, they located remains of one of the arms, on the other hand what stood missing are the head and the rest of the skeletal frame.

Signs reading “wanted pre-mayan skeleton disappeared from the Chan Hol Cave” was distributed by INAH after the robbery, mostly among the divers of Tulum. The public ad sent out revealed that they are 14500 years old ancient remains from Tulum, possibly dating prior to those of the “Woman from Naharon”, the eighth pre-mayan remains they have which is considered as America’s oldest skeleton.

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