Friday, May 16, 2014

Water Nymph

She was only about 13 years old. She must have been thirsty or perhaps, for a moment, incautious, for she fell through a sinkhole where freshwater gathered, and she was trapped. The cave she fell into has since been submerged by the sea. When it was discovered off the coast of the Yucat√°n Peninsula, her bones were inside, her skull featuring “deep eye sockets, staring back at us,” as Alberto Nava Blank, one of the divers who found her, put it. They named her Naia—Greek for “water nymph.”

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