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Ivan Sprajc, the “Real Life Indiana Jones”, On the Hunt For Lost Mayan Cities In Mexico

In recent years, Mayan culture has usually been discussed only in the context of the apocalypse and many “end of the world” jokes. However, recent discoveries by Slovenian archaeologist Ivan Sprajc have revealed glimpses of a vast and ancient civilization that spawned far more than a few doomsday prophecies. Sprajc, an associate professor at the Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, began looking for ancient Mayan cities in 1996. His first excavations were concentrated in an

Protestors Angered By Missing Students Set Fire to Capital Building In Mexico

On Monday, October 13, hundreds of residents of a southern-Mexican city smashed and set fire to the state capital building in Chilpancingo, the capital city of the Mexican state of Guerrero. The cause of such fury? The disappearance of 43 students from a rural teachers’ college in Guerrero state (believed to have been abducted by corrupt police), and the lack of information and action that has followed. The students were protesting discriminatory hiring practices that favor urban teachers over those from rural areas when they were

Watch Nearly 200 Years of Changing U.S. Maps In Just 20 Seconds (Gif)

In 1776, the United States was comprised of just 13 colonies, all of which were along the east coast. Since then, the United States has expanded to include 50 different states, stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic. This change didn’t happen overnight though- it was the result of nearly 200 years of land acquisitions (which were not always amicable) and border reconfigurations. Check it out below: I know the map moves pretty fast, so if you’d rather check

What’s A Bobcat In 60 Seconds

Bobcats (Lynx rufus) are a mainly nocturnal animal and like most feline are very elusive, so they aren’t often seen by humans. A mammal part of the cat family “Felidae”, bobcats first appeared around 1.8 million years ago.  Bobcats have adapted to thrive in many different habitats, such as forests, swamps, deserts, and even urbanized areas. They inhabitat regions from southern Canada all the way to northern Mexico and can be found all throughout the United States. There are an estimated 1 million bobcats living

Two New Mayan Cities Were Just Uncovered in the Jungles of the Yucatan

From about 2000 BC all the way up until the arrival of Europeans in the 16th and 17th century, the Mayan civilization thrived in the Yucatan peninsula of Central America. The Maya were an extremely advanced society with a deep knowledge of science, mathematics and astronomy. They had charted the movements of the moon and planets accurately enough to predict predict celestial events like eclipses hundreds of years before the heliocentric model was even accepted in Europe (in the 16th

How These All-Female Lizards Are Able to Reproduce and Thrive Without the Help of Any Males

As far back as the 1960s, scientists were aware that a number of whiptail lizards in Mexico and the southwestern United States were made up entirely of females. The most notable of these species, the New Mexico whiptail lizard, is able to reproduce healthy, well-bred offspring without the aid of male fertilization. Whiptails aren’t the only species that reproduce asexually. In fact, there are 70 other vertebrate species that can do it. But the New Mexico whiptail may have unlocked the secret as

Check Out This Rare Baby Albino “Cyclops” Shark (Photo Gallery)

Albino one-eyed cyclops shark; photo courtesy of Pisces Sportfishing

I’ll address all skeptics immediately, this is a real dusky shark fetus that was caught inside its mother in 2011 along with nine other normal baby sharks. Unfortunately the mother died when it was caught so none of the babies survived. In 2011,Tracy Ehrenberg, general manager of Pisces Sportfishing in Cabo San Lucas, interviewed the fisherman who made the catch in the Sea of Cortez, southeast of La Paz, Mexico. With so many shark species struggling to survive because of the shark finning industry,

This Animal Isn’t A Snake. Think You Can Guess What It Really Is? (Photos)

Professor Daniel Janzen, a biology professor from the University of Pennsylvania, has spent years of his life cataloguing and photographing a very unique group of creatures: caterpillars that defend themselves against predators by looking and acting like snakes. Check out some more pictures of “Snake Caterpillars” taken by Professor Janzen below: Snake caterpillars can be found in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, and some parts of Mexico. Their markings resemble a snake’s head, which they can actually use to “strike” at would be predators (though they obviously can’t bite like a

The Coolest Places On Earth: The Marieta Islands, Mexico (Pictures)

Off the western coast of Mexico, about 150 miles west of Guadalajara, lies a pair of uninhabited islands with a very peculiar history. Formed by volcanic activity thousands of years ago, the islands have never been settled upon by anybody. In the early 1900s, the Mexican government decided to use the islands for military explosives testing, creating a number of extraordinary caves and rock formations on the islands. Check out some pictures of the islands below: In the late 1960s, world-famous scientist and

Blue-Footed Boobies: Their Scandalous Sex Lives And the Secret Behind Their Blue Feet (Video)

Blue-footed boobies are pretty fascinating as far as bird species go. The birds are a marine species, only needing land for mating and raising rearing their young. The birds can be found up and down the Pacific coast from California all the way down to Peru, including in the world famous Galapagos Islands. The birds are known for their bright blue feet, which they incorporate into their elaborate mating rituals. The birds use the blue feet as an indicator of health and potency: bluer feet

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