Ancient Mysteries

Hundreds Of Mysterious Tunnels Discovered In Brazil

Hundreds Of Mysterious Tunnels Discovered In Brazil

Hundreds of tunnels dating back more than 10,000 years have been found by experts in Brazil. The experts think that the tunnels were not carved by human beings but by an ancient species that is now extinct.

Strange One Meter Hole Leads To Finding Mysterious Tunnels

Heinrich Theodor Frank, the geologist at one of the biggest federal universities in Brazil, made the discovery when he was driving along the Novo Hamburgo highway and noticed what he thought was a strange hole of about one meter in diameter on a construction site. He didn’t stop at the time as he was in hurry, but a few weeks later he did venture back to the spot and he went to investigate the tunnels.

Frank said that he saw a tunnel which was around a few meters in length and around 70cm in height. The interior of the tunnel was full of scratches he said. He returned home and did some research on the internet but couldn’t find anything related to tunnels in the region. He said that the only thing he had heard was that they might have been created by Indians or they could be extra-large anthills. There was also talk of them being created by Jesuits, slaves or perhaps bears, while others suggested they were made by a mythological serpent.

Tunnels May Have Been Home To Mysterious Prehistoric Creatures

Frank did let it drop and sent some photographs to a member of the Brazilian Society Of Speleology and he sent an article back telling Frank about paleo burrows tunnels that had been excavated by a living organism dating back from any geological age. As a geologist and professor Frank had never heard of them.

Frank wondered who or what could have made the burrows and said that when exploring them there is the feeling of there being a creature waiting around the corner if of course, it was the lair of a prehistoric creature. The tunnels hadn’t been created by any natives of Brazil. Frank said that the Indians who had lived there before Europeans arrived didn’t know that iron existed and so they didn’t have tools to help them dig through the hard rock that these tunnels had been dug from.

Giant Sloth Tunnels Armadillo

Complex, 600 Meter Tunnel, Found In Rondonia Date Back 10,000 Years

Even stranger, there are many hundreds of tunnels in Brazil, of which many are filled with sediment that built up when the tunnels were abandoned, however, the entryways to the tunnels can still be distinguished by their elliptical or circular form. Amilcar Adamy from the Brazilian Geological Survey confirmed the discovery of a huge and complex system of 600 meter long tunnels in Rondonia. Frank noted that neighboring countries including Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia have all found caves that are known to be paleo burrows. Many of the caves in Argentina are situated on the cliffs in Mar del Plata on the Atlantic coast.

Over 2,000 burrows have been found, and scientists think that they were dug out between 8,000 and 10,000 years ago. Frank said that the mineral deposits or speleothems that are growing on the walls of the burrows might be used to determine the age, but no one has done this yet.

Giant Sloth Tunnels Armadillo

The biggest of the armadillos has a body that is around 80cm in width, but the tunnels found to reach up to 1.4 meters in width, and the ceiling has plenty of scratches on it, suggested something huge might have made them. Frank believes that they might have been made by land sloths, which became extinct around 10,000 years ago. He went on to say that the big tunnels are up to four meters wide and two meters high and these were probably made by land sloths. He added that while they didn’t know which species, the eremoterios, and megatheriums were too big to make the tunnels.

Tunnels Have Polished Roofs And Walls, Suggesting Home To Something Huge

Frank also went on to say that no one knew what the function of the paleo burrows was and wondered if the explanation was to be found in the climate. It would have been a lot hotter and drier than today, and the tunnels were isothermal. However, what could not be explained was the complexity of the tunnels that were several hundred meters in length. It was noted that many of the tunnels walls and roofs were polished and Frank believes that this may have been due to the friction of the fur as animals moved throughout the tunnels.

There is something else mysterious about the tunnels, and this is the strange geographic distribution of them. The paleo burrows are common in many southern parts of Brazil, in Santa Catarina and the Rio Grande do Sul. None have been found in the south in Uruguay. Experts also believe that few of them have been found in the north of Brazil and only a few have been located in other countries in South America.

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