Chicxulub, Yucatán

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Location of Chicxulub in Yucatán

Chicxulub (Mayan pronunciation: [tʃʼikʃuluɓ] Ch’ik Xulub) is a town, and surrounding municipality of the same name, in the Mexican state of Yucatán.

At the census of 2005, the town had a population of 5,052 people.

Chicxulub is most famous for being near the geographic center of the Chicxulub crater, an impact crater discovered by geologists on the Yucatán Peninsula and extending into the ocean. It was created by the impact some 66 million years ago of the Chicxulub impactor, an asteroid or comet which caused[1] the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event, which led to the demise of the dinosaurs. The coastal village (or puerto) of Chicxulub, 6 km east of the nearest town, Progreso, lies almost exactly on the geographic center of the crater.

The name Chicxulub is Yucatec Maya language, where ch’ik means "flea" or "tick", and xulub’ means "devil, demon, or horns".[2]

The name Chacxulub is Yucatec Maya language, Pech always uses as the name of his town _Chac Xulub Chen_, which means "the well of the great horns," probably because some huge antlers were found there, or were set up to mark the spot. The modern name _Chic Xulub_ was probably applied to it as a parody, or a play on words. It means to cuckold one, to put horns on him.[191-1].[3]


  1. ^ "International Consensus — Link Between Asteroid Impact and Mass Extinction Is Rock Solid". Lunar and Planetary Institute. 2010-03-04. Retrieved 2014-11-27. 
  2. ^ Victoria Bricker, A Dictionary of The Maya Language As Spoken in Hocaba, Yucatan

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Coordinates: 21°17′42″N 89°36′18″W / 21.295°N 89.605°W / 21.295; -89.605