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Mexico Admits To Second 2012 Mayan Prediction
2011-11-25 14:09:15

Mexico's archaeology institute is downplaying theories that the ancient Mayans predicted the world would be ending in 2012, but it did acknowledge that the date exists on a fragment at a southern Mexico ruin site. Experts had cited only one surviving reference to the date in Mayan glyphs, which is a stone tablet from Tortuguero site in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco. However, the National Institute of Anthropology and History said that there is another apparent reference to the date at...

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2010-12-16 08:50:00

Jaw bones discovered in pre-Hispanic ruins are the first evidence that wolves and dogs were intentionally cross-bred by ancient Mexicans, the Associated Press (AP) reported on Thursday. The remains, which were discovered by archaeologists at a Teotihuacan pyramid burial chamber, are the first physical proof that wolf-dogs were intentionally crossbred "as a symbol of the city's warriors," the AP reported. The bones were found by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in 2004...

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2010-08-25 09:40:00

An ancient skeleton that was found by scientists four years ago and is believed to have lived more than 10,000 years ago has been removed from the underwater Mexican cave where it was discovered. The skeleton, which is known as the "Young Man of Chan Hol" by the scientific community, is one of the earliest human skeletons ever unearthed. "It was discovered in 2006 by a pair of German cave divers who were exploring unique flooded sandstone sinkholes, known as cenotes, common to the eastern...

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2009-03-07 08:15:18

The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) unveiled the oldest fossil remains of a sea turtle on Thursday that lived 72 million years ago in northern Mexico. "It is the oldest sea turtle of its kind and it belongs to the chelonia family. The oldest specimen of this species up to now was 65 million years old and was found in New Jersey, United States," the INAH said in a statement. Fossils of seven sea turtles were found at different sites in the state that Mexican scientists...