1,700-year-old spider monkey remains discovered in Teotihuacán, Mexico

The complete skeletal remains of a spider monkey — seen as an exotic curiosity in pre-Hispanic Mexico — grants researchers new evidence regarding social-political ties between two ancient powerhouses: Teotihuacán and Maya Indigenous rulers. The discovery was made by Nawa Sugiyama, a UC Riverside anthropological archaeologist, and a team of...

An ancient Maya ambassador’s bones show a life of privilege and hardship

Ajpach’ Waal forged an alliance between two dynasties but died in obscurity