Statue found in Mexico
May 24th, 2013
12:31 PM ET

Statue of ancient athlete found in Mexico

By CNN Mexico Staff

Read this story in Spanish at CNNMéxico.com

A granite statue that could be more than 1,000 years old, carved with the effigy of a Mesoamerican ball player, has been discovered in the Mexican state of Guerrero, the country's National Institute of Anthropology and History said.

The statue was found a few weeks ago when residents of Ometepec, a municipality southwest of Mexico City, were installing pipes to transport water to the archaeological zone of Piedra Labrada, according the institute.

Pablo Sereno Uribe, the archaeologist in charge of the research, explained that the statue "is the representation of a decapitated ball game player. He has his arms crossed over his chest, and the legs are slightly curved. Accessories such as a helmet, a yoke close to his waist and round stones or 'chalchihuites' in the ears were observed.”

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Mini robot explores ancient chambers in Mexico
May 1st, 2013
03:13 PM ET

Robot discovers secret chambers in Mexico

By CNN Mexico Staff

An advanced mini-robot named Tlaloc II-TC discovered three chambers built under the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, in the ancient city of Teotihuacan, built approximately 2,000 years ago in the northeast of what now is Mexico City.

Mexican archaeologists used the robot to access the last section of a very narrow tunnel under of the temple. The team, directed by Sergio Gómez Chávez, found multiple chambers instead of one, as it was expected, the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in Mexico said.

Tláloc II-TC is a system of three independent mechanisms. The main one is a transport vehicle that weights about 35 kilograms (77 pounds) and is approximately 45 cm tall. It features a scanner that can map its surroundings within a 5-meter radius.

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Mammoth remains discovered in Mexico
April 16th, 2013
11:26 AM ET

Mammoth remains discovered in Mexico

Read this story in Spanish at CNNMexico.com.

By CNN Mexico Staff

The remains of a mammoth have been uncovered south of Mexico City, researchers at Mexico's National Institute for Anthropology and History said.

"For the first time in Latin America, magnetic, electric and ground-penetrating radar methods were applied in paleontology... (methods that are) commonly used in archaeological excavations to detect architectural (findings)," the institute said. Ground-penetrating radar is a technique that uses electromagnetic radiation to generate a picture of the subsurface.

Paleontologists and archaeologists worked together to use these approaches, which saved the scientists time, and helped them determine the magnitude of the discovery before the excavation process started last March.

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May 15th, 2012
01:08 PM ET

Solar eclipse in North America on May 20

(CNNMéxico) – On Sunday, May 20, an annular solar eclipse will be visible from some areas of United States, northern Mexico and Canada, according to the Institute of Astronomy, in the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM, Autonomous National University of Mexico).

"Solar eclipses occur when the moon covers the solar disk and projects its shadow on Earth," the Institute explained on its website.

A solar eclipse happens when the moon is in its new moon phase and is perfectly aligned with both the sun and the Earth. From our perspective, the sun is hidden.

During the astronomical phenomenon on May 20, the moon will be in one of its furthest positions from Earth, so its shadow will not be able to completely hide the sun, as would occur in a total eclipse.

That's why this phenomenon is called an annular eclipse. "For this beautiful phenomenon, the sun peeks over the edges of the moon as a bright shining ring," according to the Institute.

"In the United States, the afternoon sun will become a luminous ring in places such as Medford, Oregon; Chico, California; Reno, Nevada; St. George, Utah; Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Lubbock, Texas," according to NASA.
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Humans likely butchered mammoth 10,000 years ago
April 5th, 2012
12:08 PM ET

Humans likely butchered mammoth 10,000 years ago

Ten thousand years ago, a young mammoth probably got into a scuffle with a large predator, and was then apparently butchered by ancient settlers of Siberia. Both lions and humans may have been involved in its death, according to the BBC.

Today, the mammoth's remains are some of the best-preserved of their kind, thanks to the low temperatures in the area where it was discovered.

The team of scientists that are studying Yuka (the creature's nickname) estimate that the mammoth was between 2 and 3 years old at the moment of its death.

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