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Anthropology Working Papers Series: “Living in Yucatan in the Late Pleistocene: Life history and origins of Naia” Dr. Andrea Cucina

November 8, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Please join us Friday, November 8 when Dr. Andrea Cucina (Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mérida) will present an Anthropology Working Paper entitled Living in Yucatan in the Late Pleistocene: Life history and origins of Naia.

Time: 3-4pm, Friday November 8, 2019

Location: C103 McDonnell Hall

Abstract: The skeleton of Naia, a 15-16 years old female who inhabited the Yucatán Peninsula, is among the oldest and best-preserved in the Americas and has been the focus of extensive study. Her remains were recovered in 2014-2016 from the bottom of a sinkhole near Tulum (Quintana Roo, Mexico), where she had fallen to her death about 13,000 years ago. This talk will highlight the newest analyses, which provide insights from her dentition into her diet, health, and lifestyle, as well as inform current debates over the origins of Late Pleistocene Paleoindian groups from the New World.

About the presenter: Dr. Andrea Cucina is a Full Research Professor in the School of Anthropological Sciences, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán. He is a physical anthropologist with a primary research focus on dental anthropology of archaeological and recent human populations.

Dr. Andrea Cucina Anthropology Working Paper


November 8, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


McDonel Hall, Room C103


Department of Anthropology