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Histomorphology and Metabolic History of a Submerged Pleistocene Skeleton from the Cenote of Hoyo Negro, Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Author(s): Andrea Cucina ; James C. Chatters ; Vera Tiesler ; Pilar Luna Erreguerena3 ; Julio Chi

Year: 2015

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This paper explores the histological preservation, metabolic history and living conditions in rib sections of a submerged female youngster, macroscopically determined to have died during her mid teens. This partially preserved skeleton counts among the most ancient individuals securely dated in the Americas. For the purposes of the study, we studied an undecalcified mid-shaft section of the twelfth rib and quantified osteo density (OPD), formation processeds, cortical and total bone area and histological growth arrest, seriating analogous rib sections of a female control cohort from the Yucatecan peninsula. This study was financed by Subdirección de Arqueología Subacuática of the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, and conducted at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mérida, financed by CONACYT Project no. 152105 (2012-2015).

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Histomorphology and Metabolic History of a Submerged Pleistocene Skeleton from the Cenote of Hoyo Negro, Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Julio Chi, James C. Chatters, Andrea Cucina, Pilar Luna Erreguerena3, Vera Tiesler. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396531)


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Mesoamerica


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min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America