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12,000-year-old female human skull excavated in Mexico

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Mexico: A 12,000-year-old female human’s skull found in the Mexican Caribbean could be the oldest human remains ever unearthed in the Americas, a media report said on Friday.

The skull was excavated from an underground cave along the coast of Tulum, in Quintana Roo state, and could date back to between 10,000 and 12,000 years ago, according to Mexico’s National Autonomous University (UNAM).

The reconstruction of the skull to determine the sex, age and other characteristics was done by the Paris-based Atelier Daynes studio, lead researcher Alejandro Terrazas Mata of UNAM’s Anthropological Research Institute (IIA) said.

The University of Heidelberg was also involved in the discovery, Xinhua reported.

Researchers said that the remains appear to belong to none of the known indigenous groups in the Americas, “in part because the skull is not very similar to those of today’s indigenous groups”, said Mata.

The prevalent theory about the continent’s early settlers holds that a group of Asiatic people migrated across the Bering Strait some 15,000 years ago. Known as Paleoamericans, their craniofacial features share common ancestry with people from South Asia.

Another migration of a different group, who became the ancestors of the continent’s indigenous peoples also known as Amerindians, took place 9,000 years ago.

Mata said that the studio was substantiating whether the skull found belonged to an ancestor of the Amerindians or not. (IANS)

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Meeting Between US and Mexico Officials to Improve the Flow of Traffic at US-Mexico Border

Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gives a speech marking the first 100 days of his presidency at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, March 11, 2019

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FILE - Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gives a speech marking the first 100 days of his presidency at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, March 11, 2019. VOA

High-level talks between US and Mexican officials in the eastern Mexican city of Merida on Friday will touch on the US-Mexico border and improving the flow of traffic there, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said.

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Lopez Obrador was speaking at his regular morning news conference prior to traveling to Merida, where officials are meeting over two days as part of a recurring cross-border forum of business leaders known as the US-Mexico CEO Dialogue. (VOA)