Live frogs in stone!

What did not you see on our planet. Mysterious finds just surround us, the main thing — to show interest with seemingly quite ordinary things. So. almost 300 years of recorded cases when breaking the stone, inside find a live frog!

Unexpected findings

"An example of the earliest mentions of the phenomenon of prisoners in stone toads, frogs and other animals can be considered as a message of Ambroise Pare, chief surgeon of the French king made as early as the sixteenth century. In 1761, it was published in the journal Annual Register. So, Paré wrote: "I was on a post near the village of Meudon and oversaw the work of the stonemason, who by my order had broken a few very large and hard stones

In 1865, a similar discovery was made operational in Hartlepool (England). At a depth of about seven meters, they found a lump of limestone and began to crush her. The lump was split in the middle of it was a recess in which there was a live toad. The English newspaper of the time wrote: "The deepening of the form accurately repeated all the lines of the animal, toad unusually bright eyes sparkled, and she was full of life and energy when it happened liberation."

First Toad breathed with difficulty, her mouth did not open, it seemed that her lips have grown together. Breathing through the nose, she was making a strange noise, something like a bark. When the lump just split, color toad was the same as that of the stone, but then she began to darken and become olive-brown. Toad and a lump where she was found, the scientists examined the time, in particular S. Horner, president of the Society of Natural History, a local priest and geologist Robert Taylor.

Regarding this case, one newspaper wrote: "Over the past few decades, there were reports that the live frogs found in many different places — the possible and impossible: a piece of slate quarry near Barnard Castle, in a block of stone building near Blyth in a piece of limestone in Seaham and Rifone and in the formation of coal in a deep mine in Sunderland. "

"Living toads found not only stonemasons, but loggers … In 1876, loggers, sawing a huge tree trunk in the middle of the trunk found a small cavity within which there were 68 small frogs, the size of the tip of the little finger. This was the case wrote: "They were light brown, almost yellow color, perfectly healthy

Similar findings were reported in the twentieth century. For example, in 1906 in Brosli (Shropshire, England) operating at a depth of 2 meters split the layer of clay, inside of which was a small toad. In 1910, one of the residents of Leicestershire split a piece of charcoal to find inside the young live toad. A curious incident occurred in 1975 in the United States. Builders in Fort Worth (Texas) dissected concrete, which for years have been filled up at a construction site and was surprised to find beneath it a live turtle. For a year she spent in the cavity, which closely follows the contours of her body. Unfortunately, the liberated prisoner lived only 96 hours.

How can this be explained?

Of course, there have been numerous attempts to explain such unusual cases. At the time, the famous Victorian geologist William Buckland was conducted fairly ruthless experiment. He walled up in clumps of sandstone and limestone two dozen frogs, and then buried the stones in his garden. A year later, Buckland dug stones. All toads were killed in the sandstone, but in many limestone were alive.

To date, to explain the phenomenon immured in the stones of living creatures, there is almost one hypothesis. According to her, the tiny frogs manage to squeeze into the porous stone, but it's worth it to stay there, both because of the increasing size of the body they are trapped. The smell immured toads attracts small insects that, penetrating into the stone, serve her food. Through the pores of the moisture seeps into the stone and into the air. After a while, toad hibernates, it dramatically reduces energy consumption and therefore it can remain alive inside the stone for about two years.

A definite confirmation of this hypothesis is considered find made in 1995 Rila college students in North Wales (UK). Picking up trash, the guys found an old can of live "stuffing." Inside the rusty cans, released in 1994, sat a large live frog length of about 5 centimeters. The hole in the bank was much smaller than the frog. It became clear that the frog got into the jar a little girl and held captive for about a year. It is powered by the bugs and rain and dew provide it with moisture.

However, the above hypothesis is unlikely to explain all of the phenomenon, because in some cases the stones with the toads were found at a considerable depth. And how to rock a cavity for allegedly already grown large toad? In some cases the general impression that the animal gets into the stone back in the time of formation of the breed. Of course, this assumption seems to be this fantasy, to believe that it is very difficult.



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