Mysterious Aztec altar with remains of jaguar and starfish found in Mexico

(ORDO NEWS) — Archaeologists at the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico (INAH) have made a strange discovery.

In the temple complex Templo Mayor in the center of Mexico City, the former ancient capital of Tenochtitlan, they discovered a ritual burial.

Scientists have yet to figure out the exact meaning of such a sacrifice.

Scientists have discovered a ritual offering of starfish (about 160 pieces) that covered the jaguar’s skeleton.

Like most of the sacrificial offerings found at the Templo Mayor, the one recently discovered is dedicated to the god Huehueteotl-Syhtekuhtli, who personifies water and fire, agriculture and war.

For the first time, scientists discovered the remains of starfish back in 2019. Until now, they continue to find traces of these creatures throughout the complex.

The starfish found at this location are believed to be of the same species, Nidorellia armata, or “chocolate chip” starfish.

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Studying new layers at the excavations, scientists discovered that under a thick layer of stars was a jaguar! “This is very interesting because, if you think about it, the pattern on the starfish is very similar to the skin of a jaguar,” said archaeologist Miguel Baez Pérez in an interview with INAH.

“This is probably the reason why people chose this species of starfish, but we still need to do some research to confirm that this is the only [starfish] species present.”

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