Archeologists excavating ancient Mayan ruins in Guatemala claim to have discovered calendars which count well beyond the looming Doomsday date of December 21, 2012. Does that mean the party's over?
Not necessarily, since the findings have been disputed by other prominent researchers in the field.
Seems it's hard to pin down what those Mayan geniuses were thinking 1,200 years ago when the rest of civilization thought the Earth was flat and the Sun was a very nice star, but certainly not the center of attention.
Much less a way to forecast the future.
Boston University's William Saturno is leading a dig in a Mayan cave temple unearthed at the Xultun archaeological expedition somewhere deep inside Guatemala's Peten region.
There they've uncovered ancient wall paintings they interpret as an extension of the Long Count Calendar which has come to symbolize the looming apprehension some people fear if the Mayan mathematics are correct.
But, as scientists will do, there's some debate about the basis for the counting system which could throw doubt on this new theory.
"If someone is a hard-core believer that the world is going to end in 2012, no painting is going to convince them otherwise," says Saturno.
Anyway, there's so much data to study, the whole debate may just be a moot point as questions about this latest Doomsday mystery may take years for scientists to answer.
Unless they just suddenly run out of ti...