The Americas’ Oldest Human Remains Lost in Brazil Museum Fire

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This drone view shows Rio de Janeiro’s 200-year-old National Museum, on Sept. 3, 2018, a day after a massive fire ripped through the building.

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A large fire destroyed Brazil’s museum Sunday (Sept. 2), ruining one of Latin America’s most venerable cultural and research insitutions and the 200-year-old home of more than 20 million artifacts, according to its website.

No one has been reported injured or killed in the blaze itself, but a number of priceless artifacts are believed to have been destroyed, according to CNN. The most famous of those artifacts was Luzia, the 11,000-year-old skull of a Paleoindian woman whose remains are the earliest discovered in the Americas. A number of irreplacable artworks and Egyptian mummies are also believed lost, though a full accounting is not yet possible, since investigators have yet to enter the building, according to The Guardian. [Photos: The Monkeys of Brazil’s Atlantic Forest]


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This article and its images were originally posted on [Live Science] September 4, 2018 at 09:45AM. All credit to both the author Rafi Letzter and Live Science | ESIST.T>G>S Recommended Articles Of The Day.


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