The jaguar stone in the City of the Monkey God: Mark Plotkin on the lost city his team just rediscovered

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The "jaguar stone" is one of  more than 50 artifacts found in the Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve in Honduras. TED speaker Mark Plotkin finds it especially interesting because while it is part jaguar, it is clearly part man too—feeding into legends of shamans who trasnform into jaguars. "When I saw that carving on the forest floor, it sent shivers down my spine," he says.  Photo: Dave Yoder, courtesy of the National Geographic The “jaguar stone” is one of 50+ artifacts found in a remote rainforest in Honduras. TED speaker Mark Plotkin finds it interesting because while it is part jaguar, it is also part man—feeding into legends of shamans who morph into jaguars. “When I saw that carving on the forest floor, it sent shivers down my spine,” he says. Photo: Dave Yoder/National Geographic

“The White City.” “The City of the Monkey God.” “The Place of Cacao.” Rumors of a majestic city nestled in the remote rainforest of Honduras — referred to by all of these names — have circulated for centuries, wedging their way into Honduran national identity. They seemed to be the stuff of legend. Until a team of explorers emerged from Honduras’ Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve on February 25, with photos and tales of this incredible lost city.

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