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First Face of America 

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The remains of a 13,000-year-old skeleton of a prehistoric teenager are located in an underwater cave in Mexico.


Graham Townsley


Graham Townsley





Episode cast overview:
Jay O. Sanders ... Self - Narrator
Alberto Nava ... Self - Cave Diver & National Geographic Grantee
Alex Alvarez ... Self - Cave Diver
Dominique Rissolo Dominique Rissolo ... Self - Co-Director, Hoyo Negro Project
Eske Willerslev ... Self - Evolutionary Geneticist
Blaine Schubert ... Self - Cave Paleontologist
James Adovasio ... Self - Archaeologist (Perishable Artifacts Expert)
Vera Tiesler ... Self - Maya Civilization Anthropologist
James Chatters ... Self - Co-Director and Principle Investigator, Hoyo Negro Project
Pilar Luna ... Self - National Institute of Anthropology & History, Mexico
Susan Bird ... Self - Cave Diver
Mike Madden ... Self - Leader, Underwater Camera Crew
Diana Arano Diana Arano ... Self - Conservator
Ben Potter ... Self - Alaskan Archaeologist
Shane Doyle ... Self - Apsáalooke (Crow) Educator


One unlucky day 13,000 years ago, a slight, malnourished teenager missed her footing and tumbled to the bottom of a 100-foot pit deep inside a cave in Mexico's Yucatán. Rising seas flooded the cave and cut it off from the outside world-until a team of divers chanced upon her nearly complete skeleton in 2007. Intricate detective work reveals that the young woman's bones are among the earliest known human remains in the Americas. What drove her to venture nearly a mile underground inside a vast cave? Where did her people come from, and why does she look so distinct from today's Native Americans? From a stunning Mexico cave to the wilderness of the Yukon, from the genetics lab to the forefront of forensics, NOVA pursues tantalizing new clues that are rewriting the story of the forgotten first people who ventured into our continent.

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Don't buy this.
12 July 2019 | by ricknav-06475See all my reviews

This whole show seemed staged to me. The theories posited are totally misleading and fabricated. Either you have facts or you don't. I don't appreciate all the hyped drama. All that drama accomplishes is further discrediting modern academia's already stained record of making up crap and passing it off as fact. A skeleton was found. Some deductions of condition were made. That's it. That's all they've got. All the supposition as to what a girl, 13,000 years ago, did in her life and what events unfolded is so misleading that it should be a crime to be allowed.

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7 February 2018 (USA) See more »

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