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400 different animal species found in Templo Mayor offerings

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An analysis of animal remains found in 60 offerings at the Great Temple of Tenochtitlán (now Mexico City) in Mexico have revealed that over 400 animal species were sacrificed, ranging from crocodiles to jaguars.

The scientists have recovered, “for example, fish from coral reefs in the Atlantic Ocean, reptiles including crocodiles, snakes and turtles, as well as birds like toucans and quetzals, and large mammals from the tropics like the jaguar,” INAH biologist Norma Valentin Maldonado said Friday.

“Such fauna has been found in sacrifices to the rain god Tlaloc and to Huitzilopochtli, god of war, from the fourth to the seventh stages (1440-1520) of the Great Temple’s construction. The animals are alway exotic species, spectacularly beautiful, or with rough, spiny hides, sometimes dangerous or venomous,” she said.

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Story: Latino Daily News | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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