The site of Ek Balam in Yucatán, Mexico. Maya hieroglyphs tell the political history of the ancient civilization. Information from the UC Davis Maya Hieroglyphic Database Project, combined with precise climate records of the time, led an international team of researchers to conclude that extreme weather played a significant role in the downfall of the Maya. Martha Macri, UC Davis/Courtesy photo
Stone carving of Venus symbol from Chichén Itzá in Yucatán, Mexico. Martha Macri, UC Davis/Courtesy photo

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