Central America

Parasite Makes Ants Resemble Berries

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: January 16, 2008   View Article

Fruit pickers beware. That red berry might actually be an infested ant’s rear end.

Scientists have discovered a parasite in the tropical forests of Central and South America that makes its ant hosts look like juicy, red berries ripe for the picking.

Manatee Protections in Belize Should Be World Model, Expert Says

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: September 27, 2006   View Article

Efforts to protect manatees in the coastal waters of Belize stand to benefit the global conservation of the huge, sluggish marine mammals, a leading expert says.

“In Belize they’ve got a strong [manatee] population, probably the densest in all of Central and South America,” said Caryn Self-Sullivan, a doctoral candidate in wildlife and fisheries at Texas A&M University in College Station.

Ancient Maya Tomb Discovered in Guatemala

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: May 4, 2006   View Article

A newly uncovered Maya tomb might be the resting place of the first ruler of Waka’, an ancient city on what was a major trade route.

The tomb, uncovered deep in the jungles of Guatemala, contains a single skeleton lying on a stone bench, jade jewels, and the remains of a jaguar pelt, according to news reports.

Oldest Known Maya Mural, Tomb Reveal Story of Ancient King

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: December 13, 2005   View Article

Archaeologists today revealed the final section of the earliest known Maya mural ever found, saying that the find upends everything they thought they knew about the origins of Maya art, writing, and rule.

The painting was the last wall of a room-size mural to be excavated. The site was discovered in 2001 at the ancient Maya city of San Bartolo in the lowlands of northeastern Guatemala.

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