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Interesting Headlines for February 2008

February is a month that has brought an ancient Peruvian find to light and has seen the mouth of a fossil large enough to consume a small car. In this article, you will also encounter news on a mystery of the Mayans that has become clearer.

Ancient Peruvian Ceremonial Plaza Uncovered

A group of German and Peruvian archeologists combined their efforts and were able to uncover a rare find , the oldest known monument located in Peru. This ceremonial plaza found close to the north-central coast is believed to date back 5,500 years ago. As reported by the excavation team leader, carbon dating of material taken from the site date the find as being constructed between 3500 B.C. and 3000 B.C. The discovery helps to shed light on the Peruvian civilization of this time and prove that the inhabitants thrived around the same moment as residents in the Middle East and South Asia.

The plaza is circular in shape and sunken into the earth. Stones and adobe comprise the building, which is also part of the Sechin Bajo archeological complex situated in the Andes foothills. The find predates other monuments and plazas located in Caral. In ancient times, the plaza was a place for socialization, as well as the location where rituals were held. An adjacent structure was also found, which dates back to 1800 B.C.

Members of the same excavation team measure it at six feet tall , displaying the image of a human sacrificer. Arms are outstretched with a ritual knife in their possession. An eerie human head is clutched in the other. Other uncovered gems include the Moche Lords of Sipan tombs, which were discovered on the northern coast of Peru during the late part of the 1980s.

The Life of a Fossil Sea Monster

Artic Norway was the location where the fossil of a “sea monster” the measured 15 meters (or 50 feet) long was uncovered reports Reuters. It has been dubbed the largest of its kind that science has the pleasure to analyze. The mouth is one of the most extraordinary parts of this fish, which possesses dagger-like teeth. Scientists assess the creature as large enough to bite into a small vehicle. The pliosaur is believed 150 million years old and is around five meters longer than a previously discovered pliosaur that was found in Australia. The lower jaw alone is three meters (10 feet) long. Ironically, the fossil has been dubbed “The Monster” by those who have caught sight of its size.

Ancient Mayan Secret Revealed

Did you know that ancient Mayans would plaster people with blue paint and toss them down a sacred well as part of a human sacrifice? Scientists now believe they have uncovered the secret of how to create the same blue pigment used. By scrutinized pottery found at the bottom of a sacrificial well. The background on the color blue is that the Mayans connected this shade with the ‘rain deities.’ When people were offered as a sacrifice to the god Chaak , the blue paint was used as a way to call upon rain in an effort to have a way to grow their corn.