First Face of America

Season 45 Episode 4 | 53m 6s

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.

Aired: 01/03/18

Expires: 02/06/21

Rating: TV-PG

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