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.
In the video above, National Geographic highlights the discovery by William Saturno and his team of a Maya mural and calendar.
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