|The Tulum man in situ before the robbery|
The skeleton known as Tulum man, found in a cenote (flooded underground chasm) in Quintana Roo, Mexico, and which was not yet retrieved from site by archaeologists, has gone missing.
The Tulum man was dated to at least 10,000 years ago and therefore was one of the key pieces in the reconstruction of the Prehistory of America.
The managers of the research project, dependent of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) have denounced having been repeatedly the victim of thieves. That in spite of having kept a policy of strict discretion about the exact location of the findings.
Requests of help have been distributed among divers because such a heist would have needed the participation of several of them.