What destroyed the Maya? We have a new clue, in the form of an ancient stalagmite.

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The Maya civilization was among the most advanced in history, and its disintegration has perplexed researchers for ages. One of the most compelling theories to date suggests that a shifting climate, playing puppeteer to sociopolitical marionettes, had a devastating role in the Maya’s downfall. Now, researchers have combined remarkably detailed climate data — recorded in a Central American stalagmite — with historical records to help determine what really happened to this mysterious Mesoamerican society. More »

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What destroyed the Maya? We have a new clue, in the form of an ancient stalagmite.

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