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Maya sacrifice of twin boys revealed by DNA from Chichen Itza

  • Identical twins and close relatives found in a mass burial of male children hint at sacrificial selection based on biological kinship.
  • The entombed boys, some being brothers and identical twins, were likely sacrificed in Maya religious rituals, reflecting the importance of twins in Maya mythology.
  • Identifying identical twins in the archaeological record for the first time sheds new light on ancient Maya practices.
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