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That sciencemag article you post has a misleading title: if you actually read the article itself and look into the findings, you will see that it actually REFUTES the idea that the Mexica of the Aztec captial did insane amounts of sacrifices.
Per that article, the skull rack at it's maximum extent, IE, across decades, possibly centuries of desposits, only had "thousands" of skulls. Other reports give a specific figure of around 11,700.
Even if you assume the rack was cleared every half a century or every decade; or assume that only half or a quarter of the skulls from sarifices made it onto the rack; the amount of sacrifices being done by them on an annual basis by the Mexica would be, at most, in the hundreds to maybe the low thousands. This is a FAR cry from the accounts made in the 16th and 17th centuries which claim the Mexica sacrificed tens of thousands of people per week or hundreds of thousands/millions per year.
Hundreds a year may still seem like a lot, but the majority of victims were enemy soldiers, something, again, that article itself states epxlicitly, see pic; and there are comparably scaled examples of religious killings like that in Europe: I'm no expert in medivial european holy wars, so maybe the figures wikipedia lists is wrong, but it notes that at least 10,000 people per year were killed in the 13th century French purge of the cathars, for example.
The Mexica undoutedly sacrificed people, and yes, it was at large scales,unlike other Mesoamerican groups. But they weren't doing it at rates incomparable to religious killings by other civilizations in Eurasia, they weren't doing tens of thousands per year, much less per week, and most victims were enemy soldiers, not random innocent people