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10 unusual fossils

If someone is lucky enough on the beach to find fossilized seashells, it is possible to recognize them easily. But there are many fossils, looking for that hard to guess what they represented. The problem is compounded by the fact that many of the fossils are incomplete or poorly preserved. Sometimes the doubts are even scientists. In our review of the 10-ka fossils, which for many decades was not recognized.

1. Ammonites

Fossilized Ammonites are quite common today, but for thousands of years it took for anything except shellfish. The ancient Greeks thought they were RAM horns, and named the Amish in honor of the Egyptian God Amun, who was depicted with similar horns. The ancient Chinese called it the stone-horns for the same reason. In Nepal, fossilized Ammonites were considered a relic left by the God Vishnu. The Vikings thought of them as sacred petrified offspring of the world serpent of Ermengarda.

In the middle ages Ammonites were known in Europe as snake stones because it was believed that it was the petrified body of a coiled serpent, which turned into stone and Christian saints. Today it became known that the Ammonites is only fossilized shells of creatures that became extinct about four hundred million years ago. Continue reading

The Tomb Of Tamerlane

Timur Tamerlane (1336-1405) was a prominent political figure of the second half of the XIV century. He founded a huge Asian Empire and the Timurid dynasty. The state’s capital was the city of Samarkand. The Bishop bore the title of – Emir, which translated from Arabic means “Lord.” The limits of its power stretched from Asia Minor to India and from the Aral sea to the Persian Gulf. Timur died during a trip to China in February 1405.

The dead body of the Bishop was embalmed and transported to Samarkand. The coffin was buried in the mausoleum Gur-Emir, which translated from Persian means “tomb of kings”. Thus, the tomb of Tamerlane in 1405 was built in Samarkand. In accordance with the custom of her curse was imposed, warning about the terrible evils if the sarcophagus with the body of the Emir will be opened.

The remains of Timur Tamerlane stored in a black sarcophagus

The opening of the tomb of Tamerlane

After coming to power of the Bolsheviks all the gold, precious stones and platinum have become the property of the state of workers and peasants. It has therefore become common practice to open the family crypts and removed from jewelry. In Russia, it is practiced very widely. In Central Asia until the early 40-ies of similar activities were not conducted. Continue reading

In southern China found the remains of the first people of Eurasia

In Hunan province (southern China ) found the remains of ancient people who moved here from Africa 120 thousand years ago. It is the most ancient human remains in Eurasia. The article with the new study appeared in the journal Nature .

Previously it was believed that the first people in China were 80-100 thousand years ago, however, the findings in the cave of Fuyang, located in Hunan province, have changed scientists ‘ ideas.

In a cave a few dozen teeth and other remains, after analyzing which a group of anthropologists were surprised to find that before them the remains of the oldest Homo sapiens in Eurasia – they range in age from 80 to 120 thousand years. Thus Hunan and southern China is including the place for the first emergence and the further resettlement of Chinese on Chinese territory.

New evidence suggests that mankind has left the bounds of its “cradle” much earlier than we previously thought, approximately 40-70 thousand years more than previous estimates.

New discoveries of scientists also poses another question – why in China our ancestors appeared earlier than in Europe? Put forward the hypothesis that in Europe and the middle East prevented the CRO-magnons Neanderthals and the cold climate to which the CRO-magnons, came from Africa, were not adapted.

The Chinese and the Indians – one blood Continue reading

8 incredible archaeological discoveries

Each of us at least by hearsay is familiar with the pyramids and the tombs of the pharaohs in Egypt.

However, many interesting discoveries in the history of archaeology and remained for us a mystery.

Some archeological finds are rarely mentioned in the books, despite the fact that they, indeed, represent very significant value for scientists and for science in General.

Interesting archaeological finds

1. L’anse AUX meadows (L’anse aux Meadows)

Presumably, this ancient village was built by Vikings and is considered the West their habitat. This unusual monument is of particular interest to scholars.

The fact that it was built 500 years before Columbus discovered North America, and this fact makes this finding are incredible.

According to archaeologists, the Vikings who settled in L’anse AUX meadows, came to this country from Greenland.

2. Sacsayhuaman (Saksaywaman)

The fortress is located outside of Cuzco, Peru – the former capital of the Inca Empire.

Giant breed of this highly complex connection installed so tightly together that even hundreds of years after their construction you can’t pass between them, nor even to pass through the sheet of paper. Continue reading

The tomb vampires

In 1846 in the town of Griswold (Connecticut) one Horace ray died of tuberculosis. Over the next six years, his two adult sons also died from the same disease. And when two years later it was sick and the third son, relatives and friends of the family, ray was able to find only one logical explanation: the dead feed on the living, thereby killing them. In order to protect the remaining son, relatives dug up and burned bodies of suspected vampires.

This case is not unique. In 1874, for example, a desperate resident of Rhode island named William rose dug up the grave of his daughter and burned her heart.

This practice is excavation and incineration, as well as other attempts to suppress do not give to live quietly of the dead, was widespread in many Western countries until the early 20th century. People were certain the only way they can prevent the dead to suck the life out of living.

The remains of a woman 16th century with stone, hammered between the jaws, were found in 2006 in Italy Continue reading

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