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Belize’s first fossilized remains

Divers exploring a sacred Mayan pool in Belize have found the country’s first fossilized remains.

Scientists discovered several fossil beds around 60-to-90 feet below the surface, including femur bones the size of a bowling ball. They also found tusks and pelvic bones. These are the first recorded fossils ever found in Belize.

Lisa Lucero, Archaeologist, Project Leader: “We left those in place. We only removed a few small fossils so we can determine, are they fossilized? Or bone? They are definitely fossilized, so we know they have to be of a certain age. But were they here , were these megafauna present during occupation by humans 20,000, 15,000 years ago? Or are they much older?”

The dives were made in several pools in central Belize earlier this year in an area known as Cara Blanca. The researchers found evidence that the eight pools of the 25 they studied are likely connected through underground passages.

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3 thoughts on “Belize’s first fossilized remains

  1. This confuses me. No other fossil of any sort has ever been found in Belize? Seems like there must be a qualifier I’m missing.

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