At the time of her death at the end of the ice age, the caves on the Yucatan peninsula were likely dry. Since then, rising sea levels have flooded the caves. Divers first discovered Naia's bones, along with the bones of extinct animals like saber-toothed cats and giant ground sloths, in 2007. Her bones have since been moved after unauthorized divers entered the cave. And while we'll never visit the cave, we can look at these extraordinary photos documenting underwater anthropology.
Source: gizmodo.com by Sarah Zhang
Photos and captions courtesy of Paul Nicklen/National Geographic