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Teen's Stellar Theory Leads to Lost Mayan City

His dream is to one day visit the site

(Newser) - William Gadoury has spent a fifth of his life researching the ancient Maya, and the 15-year-old's effort has just paid off in a big way—with the apparent discovery of a lost city. "I did not understand why the Maya built their cities away from rivers, on marginal... More »

'Blue Hole' May Hold Secret to Mayan Collapse

Long drought may have led to civilization's collapse—and proof may be in sediment

(Newser) - Everything from overhunting and a peasant uprising to deforestation and an alien invasion has been proposed to explain why the Mayan civilization collapsed, Smithsonian notes. But one theory has been gaining ground in recent years: extreme drought. Now more evidence has surfaced to support the drought postulation—and the proof... More »

Explorer Finds Lost 'Monster Mouth' City

Slovenian archaeologist finds Mayan city of Lagunita

(Newser) - Archaeologists have long known of a "lost" Mayan city boasting an incredible "earth monster" facade—and now someone has found it. Slovenian explorer Ivan Sprajc came out of the Yucatan jungle in Mexico with photos of the city, Lagunita, and a second, previously unknown city he's calling... More »

Another 'Lost City' Found, This One in Mexico

Chactun ruins include 15 pyramids, ball courts, altars

(Newser) - Just a week after news broke of a "lost city" discovered in Cambodia , archaeologists have uncovered an ancient Mayan city among the dense foliage of the Mexican jungle. The team has dubbed it Chactun (meaning red or large rock), and says it's one of the largest to be... More »

Comet, Not Asteroid, Wiped Out Dinosaurs

Scientists tweak theory on what slammed into Earth

(Newser) - Scientists still think a space rock slammed into Earth 65 million years ago in a catastrophic collision that wiped out the dinosaurs and most other species. But a new theory presented this week suggests that the space rock was a speedy comet, not a hulking asteroid as previously believed, reports... More »

2012's Top Ten Getaways

List includes Ghana, the Yucatan, even Kansas City

(Newser) - What part of the globe should you trek to next year? The writers and editors at Frommer's have released their top 10 destinations for 2012 with selections among unconventional getaways, hot spots hosting high-profile events, and regions that have been re-energized, notes USA Today . Some of the choices: More »

Mexican Drug Wars Spread to Touristy Yucatan

(Newser) - As drug violence soars in Mexico, casualties are spreading to the Yucatan peninsula, a major tourist destination and spring break hot spot. Twelve decapitated bodies were found near the popular ruins of Chichen Itza this week, the Los Angeles Times reports. That's because a government crackdown has heightened “a... More »

Dean to Make Last Stand

Storm strong on course to return to Mexico

(Newser) - Hurricane Dean gathered serious strength in preparation for its final landfall in the Mexican city of Tuxpan later today, and its 90mph winds may increase further before touchdown. The storm smashed the Yucatan yesterday, then moved across the Bay of Campeche and its oil rigs, which were evacuated ahead of... More »

Dean Lashes Mexican Coast

Category 5 storm packs severe winds, but leaves no immediate deaths, damage

(Newser) - Tearing into history as the most intense Atlantic storm to make landfall in two decades, Hurricane Dean today pounded the Yucatan peninsula, battering Mayan ruins and swinging toward oil rigs, the AP reports. Pummeling homes and trees in sparsely populated, mostly evacuated areas, the fierce Category 5 storm shrunk to... More »

Dean Makes Landfall in Mexico

Storm that rattled Caribbean arrives in the Yucatán

(Newser) - The ferocious Hurricane Dean struck Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula early this morning as it moved west from Jamaica. Winds of over 160mph, above the threshold for a Category 5 storm, are expected to batter seaside towns and tourist destinations on the Maya Riviera. Mexican officials have evacuated local residents, oil... More »

Hurricane Dean Heads for Mexico

Thousands flee as Category 5 storm approaches resorts

(Newser) - The Mayan Riviera emptied today as tens of thousands fled before Hurricane Dean, which has already killed nine and will likely be a Category 5 by the time it hits the Yucatan Peninsula tomorrow. Tourist destinations in the area are still recovering from 2005’s Hurricane Wilma, and beach resorts... More »

Dean Could Become Category 5

Storm tears across Caribbean, homes in on Jamaica, Mexico

(Newser) - Hurricane Dean is now expected to strengthen into a Category 5 as it barrels toward Jamaica and Mexico. Forecasters say Dean, powered by 150-mph winds, will hit the Dominican Republic and Haiti today, after ploughing through homes and banana plantations on St. Lucia and Martinique yesterday. More »

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