The ancient Maya had many scientific accomplishments: they tracked the Moon and the planets, knew a solar year was 365 days, and even invented the concept of zero. As for the 2012 apocalypse? It’s simply a misinterpretation of the Maya calendar, say archaeologists Marcello Canuto and William Saturno.
William Saturno is a National Geographic explorer and assistant professor of archaeology at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Marcello Canuto is a director of the Middle American Research Institute and an associate professor of anthropology at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Jon Chang is a science reporter based in New York City. He also has an unhealthy obsession with math, even if he’s not very good at it.