American Elephants

El Mirador, the Lost City of the Maya by The Elephant's Child

                                                                                                      Christian Ziegler

In 1979, archaeologist Richard Hansen, at the Jaguar Paw Temple,  discovered pot fragments that proved the Maya had developed a complex society more than 1,000 years earlier than previously thought.  Now overgrown by jungle, this ancient site was once the thriving capital of the Maya civilization.

If you have ever wanted to discover lost worlds, this article from Smithsonian Magazine should be right up your archaeological alley. This is another of those mysterious sites where the residents suddenly picked up and abandoned their city of an estimated 200,000 people,  2000 years ago, and we don’t know why, or where they went.  They seem to have left suddenly, leaving everything behind.

Here are photos of the city and here are El Mirador’s Rare Plants and Animals with a turkey whose astonishing plumage puts our dowdy American turkeys to shame.

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