Scientists exploring a 3 million year old cave found something incredible inside
By: April Carson
Caves are some of the eeriest places on Earth. Usually, it's dangerous to venture into these dark and shady caverns. Over time, many cave systems have gathered a bunch of weird phenomena that we only recently found out about. Scientists believe that these places can tell us a lot about our planet's history.
From the oldest human footprints to the cave where our cannibal ancestors lived, these are the 15 strangest things found in caves.
1. The Oldest Human Footprints
In 2007, scientists exploring a 3 million year old cave in Tanzania found something incredible inside- the oldest human footprints ever discovered. The footprints are believed to have been made by a child and an adult, and they suggest that early humans were already walking upright at this time.
2. The Cave of the Dead
In 2009, scientists exploring a cave in Mexico discovered the remains of over 60 people who had been buried there between 10,000 and 12,000 years ago. The cave, which is known as the Cueva de los Muertos (Cave of the Dead), is thought to have been used as a burial ground by the first people to settle in the area. In addition to the regular cups found in the cave, there were also cups made of human skulls. This suggests that the people who were buried there may have been involved in some kind of ritualistic practices.
3. Theater of Bones
In 2010, scientists exploring a site in Kenya discovered stone tools that date back over 3 million years. This makes them the oldest stone tools ever found, and they provide new insight into the early history of human tool-making.
4. 100 Year Old Axe Murder
In 2011, 100-year-old axe murderer Hans Schellenberg was finally caught by police in Germany. He had been on the run since 1911, when he murdered his family with an axe.
5. 33 New Creatures in a Cave Sealed off for 5 Million Years
In 2012, 33 new species of animals were discovered in a cave that had been sealed off for 5 million years. The animals, which include spiders, bats, and centipedes, are thought to have become trapped in the cave when it was sealed by a landslide.
6. Ancient Forest Found Underwater
In 2013, an ancient forest was found underwater in the Gulf of Mexico. The forest, which is thought to be about 10,000 years old, was preserved by the salt water and provides new insight into the history of the area.
7. Hikers Rue the Day They Decided to Uproot a Cave Statue
In 2013, a group of hikers in China's Hunan province made the mistake of uprooting a 600-year-old cave statue. The statue, which depicted a Buddhist deity, was found in a remote area of the province. It is unclear why the hikers decided to remove the statue from its original location. However, they quickly regretted their decision when the statue began to leak a foul-smelling liquid.
8. Hobbit-like Human Ancestors
In 2004, scientists discovered the remains of a new species of human ancestor in a cave on the Indonesian island of Flores. The remains, which date back around 100,000 years, belong to a small creature that would have stood just over three feet tall. This find was significant because it showed that a previously unknown type of human
9. 10-Thousand-Year Old Cheddar Man And His Distant Relative
In 2018, scientists used DNA to reconstruct the face of “Cheddar Man”, a 10,000-year-old skeleton that was found in a cave in southwest England. The results showed that Cheddar Man had dark skin and blue eyes. He is thought to be a direct ancestor of many people living in the UK today.
10. The Case of Katherine Van Alst
In 2013, a woman named Katherine Van Alst was arrested for shoplifting. She told the police that she had been homeless and had been living in a cave on the island of Maui. When they went to check it out, they found that she had built herself a shelter and had even installed solar panels to power lights and a fan. She was living there rent-free for over two years. While it’s not exactly the same as the prehistoric cave dwellers we’ve been discussing, Katherine Van Alst provides us with a modern example of someone who has chosen to live in a cave.
11. HellFire Caves
The HellFire Caves are a series of man-made tunnels and chambers located in the chalk hills of Buckinghamshire, England. The caves were originally used as a meeting place for the HellFire Club, a secret society made up of wealthy young men who would drink, gamble, and engage in other activities that were considered morally unacceptable at the time.
12. Ancient Crime Scene in a Mexican Cave
In 2009, archaeologists exploring a cave in Mexico made a gruesome discovery- the remains of over 50 people who had been brutally murdered. The victims, who were all men, women, and children, had their hands bound and were then bludgeoned to death with rocks. This horrific crime took place around 2,000 years ago, and it is thought that the victims were part of a nomadic group who had wandered into the wrong territory.
13. Cave Filled with Snot
In 2008, scientists exploring a cave in China made a disgusting discovery- the cave was filled with snot! The sticky substance was found on the walls and floor of the cave, and it is thought to be the result of bats roosting in the cave and leaving their droppings behind. While it may not be the most pleasant discovery, it is certainly an interesting one!
14. The Cave of the Cannibals
In 2013, a group of scientists exploring a cave in the Philippines made a gruesome discovery- the bones of humans who had been cannibalized. The bones showed signs of being gnawed on and cut up with tools, and it is thought that the victims were killed and eaten as part of a ritualistic practice. This discovery provides a fascinating insight into the lives of our ancestors, and the lengths that they would go to in order to survive.
15. The Cave of the Crystals
In 2010, a group of scientists exploring a cave in Mexico made a fascinating discovery- giant crystals! The crystals are up to 36 feet long and weigh as much as 55 tons. It is thought that they formed over a period of hundreds of thousands of years, and are the largest crystals ever found. The cave is so hot and humid that it is impossible for humans to enter, but the crystals are an amazing sight. The cave is also said to be guarded by a giant serpent that will kill anyone who tries to enter.
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