Massive ancient lava flow seen from space looks like a giant black scar on the New Mexico desert

An astronaut photo of the Carrizozo Malpaís lava flow in the Chihuahuan Desert, New Mexico, on June 30. (Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory) An astronaut on board the International Space Station (ISS) has snapped a stunning photo of an ancient lava flow stretching across the desert in New Mexico. From above, the frozen river of […]

Is that a facehugger?! How the monster from Alien turned up in the Gulf of Mexico | Animals

Name: Bathynomus yucatanensis. Yikes! What the hell is that? Can we do this properly, the Pass notes way? Sorry. Age: Somewhere near the 160m year mark. From fossil records, that’s how long giant isopods are calculated to have been around. Isopod? It’s a type of crustacean. And bathynomus yucatanensis is a giant one of those? […]

Twin ‘grumpy mouth’ reliefs of Olmec contortionists discovered in Mexico

Archaeologists in Mexico have uncovered two Olmec reliefs chiseled into large, circular stones that are thought to depict local rulers performing ritual contortion. The twin pieces were found in Tenosique, a town located in the state of Tabasco, near Mexico’s southern tip, and are believed to feature rulers from the ancient Olmec civilization, whose name […]

Mexican mammoth trap provides first evidence of prehistoric hunting pits

More than 800 bones found including one with spear wound ‘This is evidence of direct attacks on mammoths’ Mexican archaeologists say they have made the first ever discovery of pits built around 15,000 years ago to trap mammoths. Announcing the find on Wednesday, researchers from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History said the two […]

Maya: Yaxchilán Lintels

Yaxchilán: a significant Maya center Yaxchilán is located on the south bank of the Usumacinta River, in Chiapas, Mexico. It was a significant Maya center during the Classic period (250-900 C.E.) and a number of its buildings stand to this day. Many of the exteriors had elaborate decorations, but it is the carved stone lintels above […]