Arturo González

2008 Associate Laureate, Exploration
Mexico, Born 1964

Project Goal

Explore submerged caves to discover and study remains from the Ice Age

Location: Mexico

“What we’ve discovered is a piece in the puzzle of human evolution but there are a lot of other pieces missing from the puzzle. We have one important piece, but it doesn’t match any other existing part in a way that would help us understand how early humans colonized the Americas.”

Biologist and underwater archaeologist Arturo González struggled through flooded labyrinths far beneath the jungle covering Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula to recover evidence that humans lived in the region before sea levels rose in the last Ice Age and inundated the caves. His commitment to bringing the truth to the surface is yielding new insights into prehistoric life.

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