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September 13 2012

Nearly 2,000-Year-Old Jaguar Sculpture Found in Mexico

Mexican archaeologists discovered a nearly 2,000-year-old sculpture of a jaguar in the Izapa archaeological zone, the National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, said in a communique.

The one-ton piece - which measures 1.38 meters (53 inches) long by 87 centimeters (34 inches) high and 52 centimeters (20.5 inches) wide - "is only engraved on one of its sides with the form of a jaguar, with the front and back paws flexed as if it were lying down," the director of the INAH Center in the southern state of Chiapas, Emiliano Gallaga, said.

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