The fiction based creature that we all know could be a resemblance to a prehistoric reptile
Dragons are part of most fictitious adventure stories from the medieval era. These remarkable beasts seem like the ultimate predatory creature, yet their creation or appearance in fiction books is quite unknown. Some consider it a mythological beast that was created without the slightest knowledge to dinosaurs which have the closest resemblance to these fictitious beasts.
It turns out that these beasts from novels aren’t that far away from reality as we have thought.
A team of paleontologists from the University of Queensland in Australia led by Tim Richards has discovered a quite well-preserved fossil of a new species of Pterosaur that had never been seen before. Pterosaur is classified as big winged carnivorous reptiles from the prehistoric era that ruled on most of Earth’s continents about 200 million years ago.
This new species was named by the team Thapunngaka shawi and is considered to be the largest winged creature to have lived on this planet. From the scientific analysis of the reptile’s head, it was estimated that it had an average wingspan of 23 feet (7 meters) and about 40 razor-sharp teeth that we’re able to even penetrate the thick skin of most dinosaurs.
Based on the radiocarbon analysis the fossil seems to be 105 to 110 million years old. The fossil was found in June 2011 on Wanamara country, near Richmond in north-west Queensland, a council worker who would search for fossils in his free time. Tim Richards mentioned that fossils of Pterosaurs are very hard to find as most of them would have ended up dead in water where predatory fish would consume its corpse.
Even this specific fossil had died and collapsed in water. This is known by geologists who confirmed that two-thirds of the area that is today Queensland was covered by sea about 100 million years ago, therefore it is really surprising to see this specimen in such good condition. Another aspect that makes this particular species hard to find it’s its hollow bones which were less likely to fossilize. The hollow bones are specific to this species, making it lighter and able to reach higher speeds.
After 11 years of studying the fossil and comparing it to already existing species, Tim Richards was able to find some unique aspects which created this new species. Another aspect that makes it a very unique species is a crest in the lower jaw as well as the upper jaw, this presumably gave it better aerodynamics as well as more force when biting prey.
Compared to other Pterosaurs, this species was a rarer sight in prehistoric times, but most creatures would fear its predatory ability. Just imagine seeing the shadow of such a large creature passing above you. Thapunngaka had rough scales that would protect her from other predators, similar to the armor skin dragons have in novels. Even Tim Richards mentioned its close resemblance to what we define as a dragon:
“It’s the closest thing we have to a real-life dragon” (Quote by Tim Richards/University of Queensland)
It may not be able to spit flames, but this could be the closest creature to a dragon that our world has seen. It is very interesting how we slowly discover new prehistoric creatures which we closely defined in fictitious writings, at the end of the day a dragon is still a-flying reptile, just a lot bigger.
The study conducted by Tim Richards and his team shows potential for the existence of other Pterosaur species that could be much larger than Thapunngaka Shawi and maybe even a closer resemblance to dragons. Many paleontologists think that we only scratched the surface of fossil findings, there are a lot more waiting to be discovered and I agree with them.
Archeologist Discovered the Childhood Home of Jesus
An incredible discovery that occurred by mistake
History from biblical times is considered to be the most interesting within this subject due to the tales from the bible. To some the scriptures presented within the bible are tales, but for Christianity, they have been leading the lifestyles of billions for the past 2,000 years. Just as mentioned within the bible, we knew that Jesus was born in Zahareth, but the exact location was not specified.
With time our planet has changed significantly, making it difficult to find places from two millenniums ago. Most of them have crumbled to the test of time, but it seems that some are standing strong, buried in dirt, and waiting to be unveiled. Ken Dark, an archeologist from the University of Reading has recently discovered Jesus’ childhood home in Nazareth.
Dark has published a book entitled “The Sisters of Nazareth Convent: A Roman-period, Byzantine, and Crusader Site in Central Nazareth” in which he explains his findings.
Interestingly enough, the home was actually discovered many years ago, in 1881 by a group of nuns who, at the time we’re building the Sisters of Nazareth convent. The only problem was that the sisters didn’t know what they stumbled upon when digging a cistern for their convent. Despite not having much archeological knowledge, the nuns did a good job to uncover the site and salvaging what was left behind.
The site hadn’t been touched until the mid of the 20th century when a Jesuit priest went to explore Nazareth in the search for the home of Jesus. The notes that have been made by the priest have been vital to Dark’s discovery. Within the first century, after the death of Jesus, this home had been turned into quite a few different things.
It seems that the dwelling had been changed to some sort of quarry and after into a tomb. During the 4th century, it is believed to have been used as a home to a cave church based on an account written by the pilgrim Egeria in 380 AD during her travels to the Holy Land. Based on the book De Locis Sanctis (Concerning Sacred Places) written by Adomnan, it is believed that within the 5th century a Byzantine church had been built on the ground, above the home. This may actually be the lost Church of the Nutrition which was built to commemorate the place where Jesus was raised.
The architectural detail mentioned in Adomnan’s book seems to match what Dark had discovered on the archeological site:
“The Byzantine church Sisters of Nazareth seems as though it was almost certainly the building described by Adomnán. It was very large, very elaborately decorated, and probably from the 5th century.” (Quote by Ken Dark)
It overlays a crypt, which is also described in his book. In the crypt, just as he says, there are two Roman-period tombs, and between them, there’s a house — and that house, Adomnán says, is the place where Jesus was brought up. The reason why the church was built exactly on that location is that back in the 4th century, the Byzantines knew this was the house where Jesus grew up, making it very important to Christianity at the time.
There is a strange coincidence how the Sisters of Nazareth convent ended up being built next to the same location despite the sisters having no knowledge of how important that location actually is. Even Dark’s discovery was by accident, as the archeologist went to Nazareth to look for the lost Byzantine church. He never expected to find the home of Jesus.
Did Egypt Have Aircrafts 2000 Years Ago?
The secrets hidden in the Egyptian tombs shake today’s world.
Colossal temples, Giant pyramids, and enormous Sphinx prove how rich Egypt was in its architecture and art. Although the ancient Egyptian culture is long gone, its mysteries are still unveiled to the world by archaeologists and historians. The only remaining wonder of the ancient world out of seven wonders is the Egyptian pyramids, revealing their 2000 years old astonishing secrets.
The ancient Egyptians were fascinated with death and the afterlife. They mummified their kings along with their precious belongings as it was believed that the dead ones in their afterlife would use those belongings. Unfortunately, jewels were stolen from the dead bodies before the archaeologists could reach them. Many of the mummified bodies were stolen too.
The Egyptian Pharaohs were given this mummification treatment after their death, and their mummified bodies were preserved in tombs. Today, researchers can find out the mummified dead bodies’ lifespan, height, etc., by using x-rays and other technology. One such example is Amenhotep I, an Egyptian pharaoh 3500 years ago. Scientists from Cairo examined his body digitally and found out that he died at 35 and had a bright set of teeth.
The intact tomb of Tutankhamen is the most famous one. Tutankhamen, famously known as King Tut, became king of ancient Egypt in 1332 BC. His mummy is preserved in Tomb no.62, found by the explorers in 1922. Medical analysis of his mummy revealed that his physical appearance resembled that of Akhenaten, an Egyptian Pharaoh. The strangest thing about these mummies is how they are preserved till this time; some even have skin and hair on their bodies.
Some mummified animals were also found in the tombs. These animals were of religious significance to the ancient Egyptians, including Lions, Bulls, cats, snakes, baboons, etc.
What is known to the world is that the Wright brothers invented the aircraft in 1903. But the Egyptologists have discovered something shocking inside the Egyptian Tombs. In the temple of Osiris in Egypt, the walls are encoded with messages, symbols, and drawings. These walls show artwork from 2000 years ago. The Egyptologist named Dr Ruth Hover photographed these walls and made startling discoveries. She quoted,
“There was a lot of rubble at my feet, and it looked to me like it had fallen off. And incised in the stone itself of this oldest temple along the Nile were these figures. I think the images are of ancient technology. They appear to duplicate technology that we now have.”
This discovery shocked the researchers and the historians. Did the ancient Egyptians predict future technology 2000 years before? Or did they already have aircraft? The drawings on the wall depict a plane with a rudder, a modern-day helicopter, and something that appears to be like a submarine. A member of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Egypt, named Hazim Salah after seeing these strange pictures said,
“There is something unexplainable and mysterious in this place. Some of the theories say that people came from space to teach the ancient Egyptians. Especially they say these shapes look like a helicopter.”
With these pictures, the researchers also found some other symbols and writings. Dr Ruth Hover believes that she might have decoded a message on the wall left by the Egyptians 2000 years ago. There was a series of symbols in one corner of the tomb, and the numbers were nine. However, the researchers couldn’t find out what exactly it meant. Nine was also the number of the planet Mars. According to Dr Ruth, it could mean that the Egyptians knew that the ability to get to Mars would someday be possible.
Many Egyptian artefacts were found in an ancient tomb named Pa-di-Imen at Saqqara, Egypt. These included painted walls, pottery, mummies, and the belongings left for dead ones. One such artefact known as the Saqqara bird was placed there in about 200 BC, and it resembled modern-day aircraft because of the shape of its wings and the fuselage. It is a small wooden carving, in the form of a bird, with a beak at the end and a tail. The question arises whether the ancient Egyptians possessed knowledge of flights 2000 years ago or is it just a piece of random art. The aerodynamics experts have designed successful aircraft based on the Saqqara bird by modifying its tail to correct the balance of the flight. The design of the Cirrus SR20 plane is based on the Saqqara Bird.
The Saqqara bird was found with other belongings that, according to the Egyptians, might be needed by the deceased in the afterlife. With the bird model, many other things like chariots, ships, buildings, temples, and other items were also found. Dr Khalil Messiha, a professor of anatomy at Helwan University in Egypt, claimed that the bird could be a model of a real plane that once flew in the skies of Egypt. He also believed that after a deep search, the remains of the real aircraft in its exact size might be found around Saqqara. So his claim gave the world an idea that the Wright brothers might have been somehow connected to the Pharaohs.
However, the statements of Dr Khalil are not supported by valid evidence. As it revolves around faith, scientific assumptions cannot fit in there. If a real Egyptian flying machine is hidden somewhere under the sand of Saqqara, it will not take long for historians and researchers to find it out. It is also possible that the bird is a random piece of art or something related to the beliefs of the ancient Egyptians, instead of an aircraft model. But all this is still a mystery to the world.
The mummies and the artefact prove that ancient Egypt had more stories to tell. Unfortunately, the civilization’s real culture was brushed off by the future rulers who took over Egypt, like the Greeks and then the Romans. Despite this, tourists from all over the world visit the pyramids, and archaeologists are still discovering shocking facts about the Egyptian tombs.