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Giant wolf is among Ice Age skeletons in submerged cave.

Byline: MARK WAGHORN

BONES of Ice Age beasts found in an underwater cave in Mexico have been identified and analysed for the first time.

A short-faced cave bear Arctotherium wingei and the giant wolf Protocyon troglodytes - previously unknown outside South America - are among 28 skeletons.

The prehistoric animals, including giant sloths, sabretoothed cats and elephants, were found alongside a 15-year-old girl named Naia, the most complete early human found in the Americas.

Divers found the bones of animals that lived 38,400 to 12,850 years ago at the bottom of the 200ft-deep pit called Hoyo Negro on the Yucatan peninsula.

Palaeontologist Dr Blaine Schubert described it "as a natural trap for animals".

Naia is also believed to have fallen after looking for water.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 1, 2019
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