Unable to load previous .mat file versions in latest MATLAB version

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I created a .mat file in MATLAB version : R2014a and I try to open it in a later MATLAB version: R2017b and I am getting the following error:
Unable to read MAT-file <my file path> Not a binary MAT-file. Try load -ASCII
to read as text.
Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 18 May 2018
.mat files are binary files that do not use line terminators.
Historically there could be problems sending binary files between systems by modem as the software was sometimes set to convert newline characters automatically (which does not work for binary files)... but those days are long behind us.

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