In July 1946, a petroleum geologist traveled thousands of miles to an oil field in Mexico. During his exploration, he dug up a frog in hibernation. When the geologist found it, the frog was buried in the beak at a depth of 2m. Strangely, when it was first dug up, the frog’s skin was still soft and shiny. It wasn’t until 2 days later that it actually died.
2 million years long sleep
The sudden death of the frog made the geologist feel extremely puzzled. Until, scientists conducted radiocarbon dating, they discovered that this mine is more than 2 million years old. The frog may have been buried since the mine was formed. Or it can be understood that the frog has lived in the mines for more than 2 million years.
The frog has been lying in the mines for 2 million years. (Artwork: Baidu)
Thus, the frog was here for a long time in hibernation and did not die. Vitality as a thing is undoubtedly one of the most puzzling things in the history of biology. Indeed, hibernating frogs are not a new discovery.
In the sixteenth century, in a record of the surgeon Ambroise Pare, the personal physician of King Henri III (England), there was a description of a builder who accidentally dropped a stone and hit a frog. Immediately the frog lay motionless, but a moment later it regained consciousness and jumped away.
In North America, the Sirenia pygmy water ox, when exposed to extreme conditions, can slumber for more than a year. During this time, their body will reduce their metabolic rate thousands of times, or even stop altogether. Therefore, in the dry season, African aborigines often take advantage of catching eels and locusts by using a hoe. Right under the dry soil are eels and grasshoppers that are still fresh. They are motionless but not because they just died, just drop them into the water, after 10 minutes they will come back to life as usual. What scientists call a form of “false death” in hard dry soil.
Eels and grasshoppers also have a similar “false death” situation when facing difficult conditions. (Artwork: Baidu)
At an auction in London, England in 1862, people displayed a hollow coal block with a picture of a frog and next to it was a frog that had been in it for thousands of years. This coal was found in the New Port coal mine. Not long after, another frog was found in the Lilishal coal mine in Paddington.
In the 18th century, while building a stone embankment along the beach of Toulon (France). The workers, after breaking down these stone embankments, found living moats in the rocky soil. In 1818, a geologist came here to take samples at a depth of 15 m. He saw three strange animals come out. Two died immediately upon exposure to the air, but one was still alive when Clark dropped it into the water. Scientists identified this animal as an animal that existed on earth 10 million years ago.
In early 1856, a group of mine users demolished a large cliff and discovered an animal shaped like a dinosaur. It squealed and died. Because they did not have the conditions to preserve its carcass, scientists have preserved its bones to this day. Archaeologists think it was a prehistoric pterosaur…